James Baldwin (1924–1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay collections Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time were bestsellers that made him an influential figure in the growing civil rights movement. Baldwin spent much of his life in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in France in 1987, a year after being made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor. -Penguin Random House
This month we are featuring books by this legendary writer online and in store, in the hopes that if you have read Baldwin, you'll grab a paperback and dive in once more, perhaps with a renewed perspective and reverence for his writing. If you have not, we are pleased to introduce you to this essential American voice.
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