James Baldwin - Biography
James Baldwin (1924-1987)
commentary by Karen Bernardo
James Baldwin is probably best-known for his novel Go Tell It On The Mountain, a searing account of the
religious conversion experience of a black adolescent. The story, set in Harlem in the 1930s, in many ways
parallels Baldwin's own boyhood. Baldwin himself excelled in his New York City public high school and edited the
school's literary magazine. Because his boyhood and adolescence had been so insular, however, he did not discover
the full brunt of racism until he moved out into the world of work. It was at this time that he realized he wanted
to be a novelist, and in his harrowing depictions of the effects of racism he had discovered a theme worthy of a
long and prolific career. "Sonny's Blues," one of his most famous stories, reflects Baldwin's lifelong love of
jazz, but also his recognition of the pain that underlies it. James Baldwin offers unique insights into the black
situation in America, underscored by a literary power that is unsurpassed.
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This Morning, This Evening, So Soon
These stories can be found in Baldwin's collection "Going to Meet the Man."
"Going to Meet the Man" is available from Amazon as a paperback here:
or as an Audible audio download here:
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