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James Baldwin (1) [1924–1987]

This page covers the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain.

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James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in New York. Baldwin's father was a pastor who subjected his children to poverty, abuse, and religious fanaticism. As a result, many of Baldwin's recurring themes, such as alienation and rejection, are attributable to his upbringing. Living the life of a starving artist, Baldwin went through numerous jobs, including dishwasher, office boy, factory worker, and waiter. In 1948, he moved to France, where much work originated. Baldwin published Go Tell It on the Mountain in 1953. A largely autobiographical work, it tells of the religious awakening of a fourteen-year-old. In addition to his childhood experiences, his experiences as a black man and a homosexual provided inspiration for such works as Giovanni's Room, Nobody Knows My Name, and Another Country. Baldwin holds a distinguished place in American history as one of the foremost writers of both black and gay literature. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement. Baldwin succumbed to cancer on December 1, 1987. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Revisiting James Baldwin
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Author, speaker, playwright and activist James Baldwin's legacy has affected American consciousness for decades. And while much of his most notable work was completed in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, Baldwin is everywhere today. Activists are inspired by him, authors are compared to him, and a new documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' has received exuberant critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination. What's behind this resurgence, and what makes his work so profoundly true in our present moment? (aurevoir)… (more)

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