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
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Average rating: 4.17 · 82,424 ratings · 4,511 reviews · 130 distinct works · Similar authors
Go Tell It on the Mountain
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 21,876 ratings — published 1953 — 50 editions
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Giovanni's Room
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 18,094 ratings — published 1956 — 41 editions
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The Fire Next Time
4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 10,704 ratings — published 1963 — 33 editions
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Notes of a Native Son
4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 5,880 ratings — published 1955 — 17 editions
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Another Country
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 6,360 ratings — published 1962 — 35 editions
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If Beale Street Could Talk
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 2,874 ratings — published 1974 — 32 editions
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Sonny's Blues
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 2,584 ratings — published 1957 — 4 editions
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Going to Meet the Man
4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 2,349 ratings — published 1965 — 19 editions
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Tell Me How Long the Train'...
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 1,329 ratings — published 1968 — 19 editions
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Nobody Knows My Name
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 1,211 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

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June 2015 New School Classics Group Read

Which book would you like to read for our June 2015 New School group read?

1947, The Plague by Albert Camus, 308 pages
 
  10 votes, 21.3%

 
  7 votes, 14.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  7 votes, 14.9%

1989, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, 637 pages
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

1905, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 335 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.5%

1956, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.5%

 
  4 votes, 8.5%

1941, Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 84 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.4%

1965, Stoner by John Williams, 288 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

1944, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 351 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1904, The Sea Wolf by Jack London, 425 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1921, Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini, 359 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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