James Baldwin





James Baldwin

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

died
November 30, 1987

gender
male

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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...more


Average rating: 4.16 · 73,136 ratings · 3,940 reviews · 137 distinct works · Similar authors
Go Tell It on the Mountain
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 19,622 ratings — published 1953 — 48 editions
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Giovanni's Room
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 15,773 ratings — published 1956 — 48 editions
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The Fire Next Time
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 9,512 ratings — published 1963 — 33 editions
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Another Country
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 5,817 ratings — published 1962 — 33 editions
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Notes of a Native Son
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 5,129 ratings — published 1955 — 17 editions
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If Beale Street Could Talk
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 2,591 ratings — published 1974 — 33 editions
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Sonny's Blues
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 2,360 ratings — published 1957 — 4 editions
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Going to Meet the Man
4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 2,095 ratings — published 1965 — 18 editions
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Tell Me How Long the Train'...
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,210 ratings — published 1968 — 18 editions
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Nobody Knows My Name
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 1,091 ratings — published 1954 — 14 editions
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More books by 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. 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

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

Polls

November 2014 New School Classics Poll

1911, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, 155 pages
 
  25 votes, 16.6%

1920, The Age of Innocence byEdith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  20 votes, 13.2%

 
  15 votes, 9.9%

1997, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, 428 pages
 
  14 votes, 9.3%

1962, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, 211 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.9%

 
  11 votes, 7.3%

 
  10 votes, 6.6%

 
  9 votes, 6.0%

1994, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, 449 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.3%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

1956, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.3%

1960, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, 242 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.6%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1920, Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, 454 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

 
  2 votes, 1.3%

 
  2 votes, 1.3%

 
  1 vote, 0.7%

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