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James Baldwin: A Biography
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David Leeming, emeritus professor of English at the University of Connecticut, was a friend of James Baldwin for twenty-five years as well as his assistant from 1963 to 1967. He is also the author of several works on world mythology, including The World of Myth: An Anthology and Medusa: In the Mirror of Time. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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"The best literary biography I've read in a long time. An engrossing narrative." Leon Edel

"The most revealing and subjectively penetrating assessment of Baldwin's life yet published." The New York Times Book Review

"The first Baldwin biography in which one can recognize the human features of this brilliant, troubled, principled, supremely courageous man." Boston Globe

"Loving but honest . . . [Baldwin] wrote, 'No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it,' and . . . Mr. Leeming shows so well [the price he paid]." The New York Times

"Intimate, artful and major . . . An exceptional literary biography deserving wide promotion and readership . . . [by] a personal friend of the great novelist and essayist." Booklist

"Highly perceptive, revealing." Publishers Weekly
"The best literary biography I've read in a long time. An engrossing narrative." Leon Edel

"The most revealing and subjectively penetrating assessment of Baldwin's life yet published." The New York Times Book Review

"The first Baldwin biography in which one can recognize the human features of this brilliant, troubled, principled, supremely courageous man." Boston Globe

"Loving but honest . . . [Baldwin] wrote, 'No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it,' and . . . Mr. Leeming shows so well [the price he paid]." The New York Times

"Intimate, artful and major . . . An exceptional literary biography deserving wide promotion and readership . . . [by] a personal friend of the great novelist and essayist." Booklist

"Highly perceptive, revealing." Publishers Weekly

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