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Going to Meet the Man by James     Baldwin
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Sep 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: black-lit, good-black-fiction
Read in November, 1996

I remember reading this collection of stories towards the end of my time in college. The short story that stood out the most was "A Previous Condition". I was just getting it in my head to try writing my own fiction, and Baldwin's story about a reluctant Negro really changed my thinking about using literary fiction to suggest and discuss ideas and social beliefs. James Baldwin has written better and more important works, but these stories, especially "A Previous Condition" was personally important to me.
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