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James Baldwin

American writer

1924   -   1987

genre: novel, short story, essay
country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: The New School, Bowling Green State University, DeWitt Clinton High School
occupation: poet, novelist, playwright, civil rights advocate, essayist, social critic, screenwriter, university teacher, writer
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, George Polk Award, Langston Hughes Medal, Commander of the Legion of Honour

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin's essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award–nominated documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro. One of his novels, If Beale Street Could Talk, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning dramatic film in 2018. Baldwin's novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only African Americans, but also gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals' quests for acceptance. Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin's second novel, Giovanni's Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation movement.
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works

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

novel by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1953

Giovanni's Room

novella by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1956

Another Country

novel by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1962

The Evidence of Things Not Seen

book by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1985

The Fire Next Time

book by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1963

Nobody Knows My Name

book by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1961

Notes of a Native Son

book by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1955

If Beale Street Could Talk

novel by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1974

Just Above My Head

novel by James Baldwin

author: James Baldwin

1979

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