The American civil rights movement had many eloquent spokesmen, but few were better known than James Baldwin. A Black, queer novelist and essayist of considerable renown, Baldwin found readers of every race and nationality, though his message reflected bitter disappointment in his native land and its white majority. Throughout his distinguished career Baldwin called himself a "disturber of the peace"--one who revealed uncomfortable truths to a society mired in complacency. As early as 1960 he was recognized as an articulate speaker and passionate writer on racial matters, and at his death in 1987 he was lauded as one of the most respected voices--of any race--in modern American letters.
Baldwin's greatest achievement as a writer was his ability to address American...Read more
- August 02, 1924
- December 01, 1987
- Short story writer
- Baldwin, James Arthur