James Baldwin

Topics: African American, Writing, Martin Luther King, Jr. Pages: 2 (754 words) Published: April 11, 2013
“The face of a lover is unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself”.-James Baldwin
Writer James Baldwin, born August 2, 1924 in Harlem, New York was a novelist and playwright. People called James a hero because James emerged as one of the lead voice for African American losing their jobs and racism. James was a sophisticated young writer. James wrote one of the top selling essays about how he felt about the rascal cause to African American. While James was writing books he also contributes in writing numerous poems, short stories, and played in the magazine. James also was a youth minister at his church at Harlem Pentecostal church from the age 14-16.

“When one begins to live by habit and by quotation one has begun to stop living”-James Baldwin. James became a hero was because he spoke or lead his voice for African American for their lose jobs, and racism. Baldwin’s rascal essay was one of the top writers of all time. James emerged as one of the leading voice in the civil rights movement for his compelling work on racism. The reason why he wrote the essay for his feeling of racism was so that it can educate the White Americans on how racism meant to the African American or to educate the White Americans on what it meant to be African American. “If we…do not falter in our duty now, we may be able…to end the racial nightmare”.-James Baldwin “There is not another writer-white or black-who expresses with such poignancy and abrasiveness the dark realties of racial ferment in the North and South,” Time said in the featured when James was featured on the cover of the Time Magazine, that same year.

James 1968 novel Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, Baldwin returned to the themes such as his sexuality, family, and the black experience. Sometime critics call James novels, polemic...James wasn’t only criticized for that he was criticized by using first person (Singular the “I”) in his novels.

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