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Baldwin, James 1924-1987

Works: 1,247 works in 5,055 publications in 18 languages and 171,033 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Novels  History  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Essays  Romance fiction  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Performer, osp, Contributor, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Honoree, Speaker, Other, Editor, Dedicatee, Scenarist, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3552.A45, 813.54
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Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin( Book )

370 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 6,874 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 )

243 editions published between 1962 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 5,500 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 )

278 editions published between 1940 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 4,419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

257 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 4,352 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 )

111 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 4,087 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
Going to meet the man by James Baldwin( Book )

123 editions published between 1948 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 3,025 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 )

125 editions published between 1961 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 2,983 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 )

83 editions published between 1978 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,888 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 2,551 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 essays - nine 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 )

31 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 2,340 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
Blues for Mister Charlie : a play by James Baldwin( Book )

22 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in English and held by 2,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three act drama on an interracial theme
The amen corner; a play by James Baldwin( Book )

70 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,181 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 )

40 editions published between 1971 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,976 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 )

28 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and French and held by 1,936 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
I am not your Negro by Raoul Peck( Visual )

36 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,905 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
Nobody knows my name : more notes of a native son by James Baldwin( Book )

140 editions published between 1960 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,840 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 )

20 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,767 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
Black theater, U.S.A.; forty-five plays by Black Americans, 1847-1974 by James V Hatch( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 1,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Various themes and styles are represented in this anthology of comic and tragic works by Black American playwrights
One day, when I was lost : a scenario based on Alex Haley's "The autobiography of Malcolm X" by James Baldwin( Book )

50 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dramatic, tragic story of Malcolm X in a rare screenplay by one of America's most celebrated authors
Notes of a native son by James Baldwin( Book )

159 editions published between 1949 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Black writer records his response to the conditions of Black life and white racism
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If Beale Street could talk
Alternative Names
Balduön, Dzheims.

Baldwin J.

Baldwin J. 1924-1987

Baldwin J. A.

Baldwin J. A. 1924-1987

Baldwin James

Baldwin, James Arthur.

Baldwin, James Arthur, 1924-

Baldwin James Arthur 1924-1987

Baldwin, James B.

Baldwin, James B. 1924-1987

Baldwin, Jimmy, 1924-1987

Bolduin, Džejms 1924-1987

Bolduïn, Dz︠h︡eĭms 1924-1987

Boldvin, Džejms

Boldvins, Džeimss 1924-1987

Bōrudouin, J., 1924-1987

Bōrudouin, Jēmuzu, 1924-1987

James Arthur Baldwin

James Baldwin afroamerykański powieściopisarz i eseista

James Baldwin Amerikaans schrijver

James Baldwin amerikanischer Schriftsteller

James Baldwin amerikansk poet och författare

James Baldwin amerikansk poet og skribent

James Baldwin écrivain américain

James Baldwin Escritor y activista por los derechos civiles de las personas afroamericanas

James Baldwin scrittore statunitense

Jones, James Arthur 1924-1987

Τζέιμς Μπόλντουιν

Болдуин Д

Болдуин Д. 1924-1987

Болдуин Д.А

Болдуин Д.А. 1924-1987

Болдуин, Джеймс, 1924-1987

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

Джеймс Болдуїн

Џејмс Болдвин

בולדוין, ג'ימס, 1924-1987

בולדוין, ג'מס 1924-1987

ג'יימס בולדווין

جيمس بالدوين

جيمس بالدوين، 1924-1987

جیمز بالدوین نویسنده و شاعر آمریکایی

ਜੇਮਜ ਬਾਲਡਵਿਨ

ჯეიმზ ბოლდუინი

볼드윈, 제임스 1924-1987

제임스 볼드윈


ボールドウィン, J.

ボールドウィン, J., 1924-1987


ボールドウィン, ジェームズ

ボールドウィン, ジェームズ, 1924-1987


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The fire next timeGiovanni's room; a novelAnother countryIf Beale Street could talkGoing to meet the manTell me how long the train's been gone : a novelJust above my headCollected essays