James Baldwin


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

Died
November 30, 1987

Genre

Influences


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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. He was 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 yo
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The Fire Next Time

4.50 avg rating — 64,369 ratings — published 1963 — 72 editions
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Giovanni's Room

4.23 avg rating — 68,368 ratings — published 1956 — 110 editions
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Go Tell It on the Mountain

4.01 avg rating — 54,486 ratings — published 1953 — 93 editions
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If Beale Street Could Talk

4.26 avg rating — 34,831 ratings — published 1974 — 91 editions
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Another Country

4.30 avg rating — 16,609 ratings — published 1962 — 68 editions
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Notes of a Native Son

4.37 avg rating — 14,752 ratings — published 1955 — 40 editions
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Sonny's Blues

4.26 avg rating — 5,228 ratings — published 1957 — 9 editions
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Going to Meet the Man

4.36 avg rating — 5,017 ratings — published 1965 — 33 editions
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I Am Not Your Negro

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4.49 avg rating — 3,987 ratings — published 2017 — 11 editions
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Nobody Knows My Name

4.35 avg rating — 2,917 ratings — published 1961 — 26 editions
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“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, 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.”
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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
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