James Baldwin





James Baldwin


Born
in Harlem, New York, The United States
August 02, 1924

Died
November 30, 1987

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James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic.

James Baldwin offered a vital literary voice during the era of civil rights activism in the 1950s and '60s. The eldest of nine children, his stepfather was a minister. At age 14, Baldwin became a preacher at the small Fireside Pentecostal Church in Harlem. In the early 1940s, he transferred his faith from religion to literature. Critics, however, note the impassioned cadences of Black churches are still evident in his writing. Go Tell It on the Mountain, his first novel, is a partially autobiographical account of his youth. Hi
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Go Tell It on the Mountain

3.98 avg rating — 26,470 ratings — published 1953 — 3 editions
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Giovanni's Room

4.19 avg rating — 23,254 ratings — published 1956 — 48 editions
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The Fire Next Time

4.38 avg rating — 14,585 ratings — published 1963 — 39 editions
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Notes of a Native Son

4.32 avg rating — 7,315 ratings — published 1955 — 22 editions
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Another Country

4.29 avg rating — 7,633 ratings — published 1962 — 43 editions
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If Beale Street Could Talk

4.14 avg rating — 3,491 ratings — published 1974 — 33 editions
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Sonny's Blues

4.19 avg rating — 3,107 ratings — published 1957 — 6 editions
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Going to Meet the Man

4.31 avg rating — 2,780 ratings — published 1965 — 21 editions
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Tell Me How Long the Train'...

4.22 avg rating — 1,515 ratings — published 1968 — 20 editions
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Nobody Knows My Name

4.30 avg rating — 1,418 ratings — published 1954 — 15 editions
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More books by James Baldwin…
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
James Baldwin

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”
James Baldwin

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
James Baldwin

Polls

September 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  28 votes, 19.9%

1991, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, 403 pages
 
  23 votes, 16.3%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 478 pages
 
  20 votes, 14.2%

1954, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, 160 pages
 
  19 votes, 13.5%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  16 votes, 11.3%

 
  10 votes, 7.1%

 
  9 votes, 6.4%

 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1929, Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, 644 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

 
  4 votes, 2.8%

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