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James Baldwin

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(1924–87), black American novelist. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), set in Harlem, was followed by several on a more international scale, dealing with both ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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2002
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...Davis and Trudier Harris , 1984, pp. 3–16. Trudier Harris , Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin, 1985. Horace A. Porter , Stealing the Fire: The Art and Protest of James Baldwin, 1989. Fred L. Standley and Louis H. Pratt , Conversations with James Baldwin, 1989. Quincy Troupe , ed., James Baldwin: The Legacy, 1989. Randall Kenan , James Baldwin: American Writer, 1994. David Leeming , James Baldwin: A Biography, 1994. Trudier Harris , New Essays on Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain, 1996. Marcellus Blount , ed., Representing Black Men (1996). E....

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World Encyclopedia

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..., James ( 1924–87 ) US novelist and essayist . Baldwin's work explores social prejudice experienced by African-American and gay communities. His prose is inflected with blues and gospel rhythms. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain ( 1953 ), was semi-autobiographical and has become an American classic. In the novel Giovanni's Room ( 1956 ), he explored issues of gay love. His most celebrated novel is Another Country ( 1962 ). Baldwin was prominent in the US civil rights ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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..., James ( 1924–1987 ), writer . Baldwin was born in New York City's Harlem to Emma Berdis Jones , who later married David Baldwin , a migrant from New Orleans. The elder Baldwin, a preacher who resented his stepson's illegitimacy, tried to crush the young  Jimmy's imaginative spirit. The problematic nature of their relationship would recur in Baldwin's works. The precocious Baldwin haunted Harlem's libraries; such authors as Harriet Beecher Stowe profoundly influenced him. As a teenager, he preached in his father's Pentecostal church. Racist rebuffs...

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The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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328 words

..., James ( 1924–1987 ), writer. Baldwin was born in New York City 's Harlem to Emma Berdis Jones , who later married David Baldwin , a migrant from New Orleans. The elder Baldwin, a preacher who resented his stepson's illegitimacy, tried to crush the young Jimmy's imaginative spirit. The problematic nature of their relationship would recur in Baldwin's works. The precocious Baldwin haunted Harlem's libraries; such authors as Harriet Beecher Stowe profoundly influenced him. As a teenager, he preached in his father's Pentecostal church. Racist rebuffs...

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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...Dwight A. , ed. James Baldwin Now . New York: New York University Press, 1999. McBride examines cultural studies in the academy on Baldwin in many subject areas, not just literary. The sections are “Baldwin and Race,” “Baldwin and Sexuality,” “Baldwin and the Transatlantic,” “Baldwin and Inter-textuality,” and “Baldwin and the Literary.” Select bibliography of works by and on Baldwin; index. Mead, Margaret , and James Baldwin . A Rap on Race . Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1971. Scott, Lynn Orilla . Witness to the Journey: James Baldwin's Later Fiction ....

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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...Reading Balfour, Lawrie . The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy . Ithaca, N.Y., 2001. A valuable consideration of Baldwin's continued relevance within the context of political theory. Bloom, Harold , ed. James Baldwin . New York, 1986. Baldwin's fiction and nonfiction are examined in eleven essays. Campbell, James . Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin . London, 1991. The best critical—though surely too critical—biography of Baldwin. Harris, Trudier , ed. New Essays on Go Tell It on the Mountain...

BALDWIN, James

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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...BALDWIN, James ( 1841–1925 ) American writer who was the author of popular retellings of legends for children. These include The Story of Siegfried ( 1882 ), illustrated by Howard Pyle , The Story of Roland ( 1883 ), and A Story of the Golden Age ( 1887 ). His graded ‘readers’ for schools, such as School Reading by Grades ( 1897 ), were much used....

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...Baldwin also wrote two successful plays: Amen Corner ( 1958 , performed 1965 ), praised by Caryl Phillips as his finest; in both secular and religious terms; and Blues for Mr. Charlie ( 1964 ), distantly based upon the case of Emmett Till who, after he was acquitted of it, confessed to a racist murder. Baldwin was also the author of One Day When I Was Lost ( 1972 ), a play about Malcolm X , and of Jimmy's Blues: Selected Poems ( 1983 ). Biographies are Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin , by James Campbell ( 1991 ), and James...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., James ( 1924–87 ) African American writer, born in Harlem. He was helped by Richard Wright . His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain ( 1953 ), set in Harlem, was followed by several on a more international scale, dealing with both homosexuality and the situation of African Americans; they include Giovanni's Room ( 1956 ), Another Country ( 1962 ), and Just above my Head ( 1979 ). He also wrote short stories, political and autobiographical essays, and plays. The Fire Next Time ( 1963 ) was a campaigning work for the American civil rights...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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...Baldwin, James ( 1924–1987 ), born in Harlem , where for a short time in his youth he followed his father’s footsteps as a preacher, and, as he says, “the rhetoric of the storefront church” has been among the influences on his prose. He left home at the age of 17 and subsequent travels included long expatriation in France. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain ( 1953 ), about a day in the lives of various members of a Harlem church and, through flashbacks, about their forebears, was immediately hailed as a major treatment of black life in the U.S. and...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., James ( 1924–1987 ) African-American novelist and essayist Go Tell It on the Mountain ( 1953 ) Fiction The Amen Corner ( 1955 ) Drama Notes of a Native Son ( 1955 ) Non-Fiction Giovanni's Room ( 1956 ) Fiction Nobody Knows My Name ( 1961 ) Non-Fiction Another Country ( 1962 ) Fiction The Fire Next Time ( 1963 ) Non-Fiction Blues for Mister Charley ( 1964 ) Drama Going to Meet the Man ( 1965 ) Fiction Short Stories Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone ( 1968 ) Fiction No Name in the Street ( 1972 ) Non-Fiction...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., James ( 1924–87 ) African American novelist , short story writer , playwright , poet , and essayist , born in Harlem , the stepson of a preacher. He was helped by Richard Wright . His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain ( 1953 ), set in Harlem, was followed by several on a more international scale, dealing with both homosexuality and the situation of African Americans; they include Giovanni's Room ( 1956 ), Another Country ( 1962 ), and Just above my Head ( 1979 ). He also wrote short stories, political and autobiographical essays...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
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452 words

..., James ( 1924–87 ), born in Harlem, where for a short time in his youth he followed his father's footsteps as a preacher, and, as he says, “the rhetoric of the storefront church” has been among the influences on his prose. He left home at the age of 17 and subsequent travels included long expatriation in France. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain ( 1953 ), about a day in the lives of various members of a Harlem church and, through flashbacks, about their forebears, was immediately hailed as a major treatment of black life in the U.S. and helped...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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..., James [ Arthur ] (b. Harlem, New York , 2 Aug. 1924 ; d. St Paul de Vence, France , 1 Dec. 1987 ) Activist , novelist , essayist and playwright . A major spokesman in the 1960s civil rights struggle, he left Harlem to find independence denied him at home because of white bigotry, anti-homosexual sentiment and his tyrannical minister stepfather. He became the leading black writer of his time, though he is least celebrated as a dramatist. He wrote four plays; neither Blues for Mr Charlie ( 1964 ; college production 1955 ) nor The Amen...

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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...0James James Baldwin 1924 – 87 American novelist and essayist Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be. Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Notes for a Hypothetical Novel’ freedom is something people take At the root of the American Negro problem is the necessity of the American white man to find a way of living with the Negro in order to be able to live with himself. in Harper's Magazine October 1953 ‘Stranger in a Village’ root of the American Negro problem way...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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2011
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...James Baldwin 1924 87 American novelist The Fire Next Time . Title of novel (1963). It is explained in the concluding sentence: ‘If we do not now dare everything, the fulfilment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time! ’ As a warning of the use of fire in racial clashes it anticipated ‘Burn, baby, burn!’, the Black extremist slogan used following the August 1965 riots in the Watts district of Los Angeles, when entire blocks were burned down and 34...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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2008
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Quotations
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357 words

...James Baldwin 1924 – 87 No man is a villain in his own heart. Blues for Mr. Charley , introduction to the play, 1964 Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex. You thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did. The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy , in Nobody Knows My Name , 1961 Which of us has overcome his past? But the past can point the way to a better future, Baldwin advised: “Know whence you came. If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go,” The Fire Next Time , 1962 Alas,...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0James James Baldwin 1924 – 87 American novelist and essayist Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models. Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a letter from Harlem’ children have never been very good never failed to imitate them Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a letter from Harlem’ struggled with poverty how ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
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Quotations
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358 words

...0James James Baldwin 1924 – 87 American novelist and essayist Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models. Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a letter from Harlem’ children have never been very good never failed to imitate them Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a letter from Harlem’ struggled with poverty how ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
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Quotations
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394 words

...0James James Baldwin 1924 – 87 American novelist and essayist Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. The Fire Next Time (1963) ‘Down at the Cross: Letter from a Region in My Mind’ love takes off the masks Love takes off the masks Love takes off the masks Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models. Nobody Knows My Name (1961) ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a letter from Harlem’ children have never...

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