JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987)

Porter, Horace
January 2000
Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story;2000, p114
This article presents information related to the writer James Baldwin. The author and coauthor of twenty-two books, James Baldwin became famous after the publication of his controversial novel "Another Country," and his influential book-length essay "The Fire Next Time." All his works focus on his central themes: African Americans fighting and yet adjusting to racial discrimination; artists struggling to express meaning and beauty; and gay men searching for love and respect. The grandson of a slave and the stepson of a southern-born Harlem preacher, Baldwin was born in New York City on August 2, 1924.


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