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LEARN MORE ABOUT JAMES BALDWIN
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(August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)
an American novelist and social critic.
His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955),
and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America.
Some of Baldwin's essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963),
Baldwin's novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration not only of African Americans, but also of gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals' quests for acceptance.
Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin's second novel, Giovanni's Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation.
It is based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. It is a ninety three minute journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights Movement to the present of Black Lives Matter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.
In 2017, Scott Timberg wrote an essay for the Los Angeles Times in which he noted existing cultural references to Baldwin, thirty years after his death, and concluded:
"So Baldwin is not just a writer for the ages, but a scribe whose work—
as squarely as George Orwell's—speaks directly to ours."