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Baldwin, James 1924-1987

Works: 1,167 works in 4,787 publications in 19 languages and 166,622 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  History  Drama  Short stories  Novels  Case studies  Domestic drama  Biography 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Performer, Interviewee, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent, Speaker, Contributor, Other, Scenarist, Author of screenplay, Dedicatee, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3552.A45, 813.54
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Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin( Book )

351 editions published between 1952 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 6,798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of John Grimes, a young man living in Harlem in the 1930's. His relationship with his strict preacher-father, Gabriel, who moved from the South to escape his past, is the central focus of this compelling drama
The fire next time by James Baldwin( Book )

230 editions published between 1962 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 5,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two letters, written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism
Giovanni's room; a novel by James Baldwin( Book )

266 editions published between 1940 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 4,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David, a young American expatriate in the south of France, becomes romantically involved ..."
Another Country by James Baldwin( Book )

254 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 4,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First there is a battlefield, a pressure-cooker, a time-bomb: the destructive potential that exists in racial bigotry, in color prejudice and in the tensions and sensitivities which such attitudes encourage. Woven into this pattern of violence, there is a theme that is gentle, wistful and poetic: this is Baldwin's apologia for homosexual love."
If Beale Street could talk by James Baldwin( Book )

104 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 4,116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like the blues--sweet, sad, and full of truth--this masterful work of fiction rocks us with powerful emotions. In it are anger and pain, but above all, love--the affirmative love of a woman for her man, the sustaining love of the black family. Fonny, a talented young artist, finds himself unjustly arrested and locked in New York's infamous Tombs. But his girlfriend, Tish, is determined to free him, and to have his baby, in this starkly realistic tale ... a powerful indictment of American concepts of justice and punishment in our time
Blues for Mister Charlie : a play by James Baldwin( Book )

140 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 3,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three act drama on an interracial theme
Going to meet the man by James Baldwin( Book )

131 editions published between 1948 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 3,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Baldwin's first published collection of short stories, written between 1948 and 1965, a young girl attempts to accept the impending departure of her lover; an African American entertainer who has made his name in Europe faces the prospect of returning to the United States; a young man who has achieved middle-class status has to accommodate his brother's life of jazz, dope addiction, and prison; a white policeman in a Southern town recalls the mutilation and lynching of a black man. Baldwin's situations are always ruthlessly spare. Every situation is firmly rooted in the world as he knew it, and the characters are so accurately perceived and truthfully rendered that the overall effect is almost musical--in that we may still hear music long after it is played. Here is an author who writes about what matters.--Adapted from jacket
Tell me how long the train's been gone : a novel by James Baldwin( Book )

119 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 2,990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable.???? For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the intoxicating world of the theater lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. An adored older brother vanishes into prison. There are love affairs with a white woman and a younger black man, each of whom will make irresistible claims on Leo's loyalty. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that at times seems poised on the brink of total racial war. Overpowering in its vitality, extravagant in the intensity of its feeling, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone is a major work of American literature
Just above my head by James Baldwin( Book )

75 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and French and held by 2,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sprawling drama traces the passage of three individuals through the events of the nineteen-fifties, sixties, and seventies from the Apollo in Harlem to the Olympia in Paris. Love and courage bind a former child evangelist, a famous gospel singer, and the latter's manager-brother
Collected essays by James Baldwin( Book )

26 editions published between 1963 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novelist, essayist, and public intellectual, James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the postwar era, and one of the greatest African-American writers of this century. A self-described "transatlantic commuter" who spent much of his life in France, Baldwin joined a cosmopolitan sophistication to a fierce engagement with social issues. Here are the complete texts of his early landmark collections, Notes of a Native Son (1955) and Nobody Knows My Name (1961), which established him as an essential intellectual voice of his time, fusing in unique fashion the personal, the literary, and the political. The classic The Fire Next Time (1963), perhaps the most influential of his writings, is his most penetrating analysis of America's racial divide, and an impassioned call to "end the racial nightmare ... and change the history of the world." The later volumes No Name in the Street (1972) and The Devil Finds Work (1976) chart his continuing response to the social and political turbulence of his era. A further thirty-six essaysnine of them previously uncollected - include some of Baldwin's earliest published writings, as well as revealing later insights into the language of Shakespeare, the poetry of Langston Hughes, and the music of Earl Hines
Early novels and stories : Go tell it on the mountain ; Giovanni's room ; Another country ; Going to meet the man by James Baldwin( Book )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 2,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novelist, essayist, and public intellectual, James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the postwar era, and one of the greatest African-American writers of this century. A self-described "transatlantic commuter" who spent much of his life in France, Baldwin joined a cosmopolitan sophistication to a fierce engagement with social issues. Early Novels and Stories presents the novels and short stories that established Baldwin's reputation as a writer who fused unblinking realism and rare verbal eloquence. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), tells the story, rooted in Baldwin's own experience, of a preacher's son coming of age in 1930's Harlem. Giovanni's Room (1956) is a searching, and in its day controversial, treatment of the tragic self-delusions of a young American expatriate at war with his own homosexuality. Another Country (1962), a wide-ranging exploration of America's racial and sexual boundaries, depicts the suicide of a gifted jazz musician and its ripple effect on those who knew him. Going To Meet the Man (1965) collects Baldwin's short fiction, including the masterful "Sonny's Blues," the unforgettable portrait of a jazz musician struggling with drug addiction in which Baldwin came closest to defining his goal as a writer
The amen corner; a play by James Baldwin( Book )

68 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For years, Sister Margaret Alexander has moved her Harlem congregation with a mixture of personal charisma and ferocious piety. But when Margaret's estranged husband, a scapegrace jazz musician, comes home to die, she is in danger of losing both her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on the godly path
A rap on race by Margaret Mead( Book )

39 editions published between 1971 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1970 James Baldwin and Margaret Mead met of an extraordinary seven-and-a-half hour discussion about race and society. Mead brought her knowledge of racism as practiced in remote societies around the world. Baldwin brought his personal experience with the legacy of black American history. They talked with candor, passion, rage, and brilliance, and their discussion became this unique volume."
The evidence of things not seen by James Baldwin( Book )

27 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the murders of Afro-American children in Atlanta in 1979 and 1980, Baldwin examines race relations in America and the inequities of the criminal justice system
Nobody knows my name : more notes of a native son by James Baldwin( Book )

136 editions published between 1960 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays discuss race relations, segregation, the role of the writer in society, and the work of Andre Gide, Richard Wright, and Norman Mailer
The Price of the Ticket : Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985 by James Baldwin( Book )

16 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 1,773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complete collection of major nonfiction writings by author James Baldwin, composed between 1948 and 1985, providing his perceptions of the twentieth century black American experience
One day, when I was lost : a scenario based on Alex Haley's "The autobiography of Malcolm X" by James Baldwin( Book )

47 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dramatic, tragic story of Malcolm X in a rare screenplay by one of America's most celebrated authors
Jimmy's blues : selected poems by James Baldwin( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finally in paperback, here is James Baldwin's only collection of poems. Baldwin's language is deceptively simple--this poetry is easily understood. But the emotions behind the words go to the core not only of the poet's soul, but of America's. Readers will see Baldwin here in both a familiar and an altogether different light
Notes of a native son by James Baldwin( Book )

153 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new edition published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Baldwin's death, including a new introduction by an important contemporary writer Since its original publication in 1955, this first nonfiction collection of essays by James Baldwin remains an American classic. His impassioned essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. "A straight-from-the-shoulder writer, writing about the troubled problems of this troubled earth with an illuminating intensity." 'Langston Hughes, The New York Times Book Review "Written with bitter clarity and uncommon grace." 'Time From the Trade Paperback edition
I am not your Negro by Samuel L Jackson( Visual )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. An up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, this film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter
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If Beale Street could talk
Alternative Names
Balduön, Dzheims.

Baldwin J.

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Baldwin James

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Baldwin, Jimmy, 1924-1987

Bolduin, Džejms 1924-1987

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James Arthur Baldwin

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Jones, James Arthur 1924-1987

Τζέιμς Μπόλντουιν

Болдуин Д

Болдуин Д. 1924-1987

Болдуин Д.А

Болдуин Д.А. 1924-1987

Джеймс Болдуин американский романист, публицист, драматург, активный борец за права человека

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בולדוין, ג'ימס, 1924-1987

בולדוין, ג'מס 1924-1987

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جيمس بالدوين

جيمس بالدوين، 1924-1987

جیمز بالدوین نویسنده و شاعر آمریکایی

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볼드윈, 제임스 1924-1987

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The fire next timeGiovanni's room; a novelAnother CountryIf Beale Street could talkBlues for Mister Charlie : a playGoing to meet the manTell me how long the train's been gone : a novelJust above my head