James Baldwin Posters & Art Prints
Although he spent a great
deal of his life abroad, James Baldwin always remained a quintessentially
American writer. Whether he was working in Paris or Istanbul, he never ceased to
reflect on his experience as a black man in white America. In numerous essays,
novels, plays, and public speeches, the eloquent voice of James Baldwin spoke of
the pain and struggle of black Americans and the saving power of brotherhood.
James Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924. The oldest of nine children, he grew
up in poverty, developing a troubled relationship with his strict, religious
father. As a child, he cast about for a way to escape his circumstances. As he
recalls, “I knew I was black, of course, but I also knew I was smart. I didn’t
know how I would use my mind, or even if I could, but that was the only thing I
had to use.” By the time he was fourteen, Baldwin was spending much of his...
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