James Baldwin

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photo: © John Hoppy Hopkins

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987) is one of 52 authors who appear on our "Notable Writers of Color" poster, on display in the English Department Advising Office. James Baldwin was one of the major writers of the twentieth century. Born in Harlem, he lived in self-imposed exile in France and Turkey for much of his adult life, returning often to the United States to lecture. His works are famous for the passionate intensity with which they explore issues of love and responsibility among characters grappling with racism, their sexualities and their commitments to each other and themselves.

Selected Works:

Another Country

Blues for Mister Charlie

The Devil Finds Work

The Evidence of Things Not Seen

The Fire Next Time

Giovanniís Room

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Going to Meet the Man

If Beale Street Could Talk

Just Above My Head

Nobody Knows my Name

Notes of a Native Son

Perspectives: Angles on African American Art

The Price of the Ticket: Collected Non-Fiction

A Rap on Race

Tell Me How Long the Trainís Been Gone

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