James Baldwin

“James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some Baldwin essays are book-length, for instance The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976).

Baldwin’s novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration not only of black people, but also of 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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  • Go Tell It on the Mountain (semi-autobiographical novel; 1953)
  • Giovanni’s Room (novel; 1956)
  • Another Country (novel; 1962)
  • Going to Meet the Man (stories; 1965)
  • Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone (novel; 1968)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (novel; 1974)
  • Just Above My Head (novel; 1979)


  • The Amen Corner (play; 1954)
  • Blues for Mister Charlie (play; 1964)


  • Jimmy’s Blues (poems; 1983)
  • Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems (poems; 2014)


  • Notes of a Native Son (essays; 1955)
  • Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (essays; 1961)
  • A Talk to Teachers (essay; 1963)
  • The Fire Next Time (essays; 1963)
  • No Name in the Street (essays; 1972)
  • The Devil Finds Work (essays; 1976)
  • The Evidence of Things Not Seen (essays; 1985)
  • The Price of the Ticket (essays; 1985)
  • The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings (essays; 2010)

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