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Born in Harlem in 1924, Baldwin had an early career as a teenage preacher. He lived in Paris from 1948-1956 and his first novels, the autobiographical GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN and GIOVANNI'S ROOM established him as a promising novelist and anticipated some of the themes of his later works, such as racism and sexuality. He became a prominent spokesperson for racial equality, especially during the civil rights movement. He lived in France during his last years. Baldwin died in 1987.

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If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one
*Michael Ondaatje*

Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candour and yet with such dignity and intensity
*The New York Times*

Audacious... remarkable... elegant and courageous
*Caryl Phillips*

Baldwin, in this novel, made clear that he could work wonders with the light and shade of intimacy
*The New Yorker*

Startling... This is Mr. Baldwin's subject, the rareness and difficulty of love
*Granville Hicks*

If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one -- Michael Ondaatje
Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candour and yet with such dignity and intensity * The New York Times *
Audacious... remarkable... elegant and courageous -- Caryl Phillips
Baldwin, in this novel, made clear that he could work wonders with the light and shade of intimacy -- Colm Toibin * The New Yorker *
Startling... This is Mr. Baldwin's subject, the rareness and difficulty of love -- Granville Hicks

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