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Jana Evans Braziel, Assistant Professor
229B Mc Micken Hall
Department of English and Comparative Literature
University of Cincinnati
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Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069
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James Baldwin: Biography and Bibliography

Excerpted from Lisa Rosset, James Baldwin. Danbury, CT: Grolier, Inc. by Chelsea House Publishers, 1989.

Bibliography -- Works by Baldwin

1953: Go Tell It on the Mountain (autobiographical novel)

1955:Notes of a Native Son (essays)

1956:Giovanniís Room (novel)

1961:Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (essays)

1962:Another Country (novel)

1963:The Fire Next Time (essays)

1964:Blues for Mister Charlie (play); Nothing Personal, with Richard Avedon (photoessay).

1965: Going to Meet the Man (short stories)

1968:The Amen Corner (play); Tell Me How Long the Trainís Been Gone (novel)

1969:Black Anti-Semitism and Jewish Racism (essays)

1971:A Rap on Race, with Margaret Mead (essays).

1972:No Name in the Street (essays); One Day When I was Lost (essays)

1973:A Dialogue, with Nikki Giovanni.

1974:If Beale Street Could Talk (novel)

1976:The Devil Finds Work (essays)

1979:Just Above My Head (last novel)

1986: The Evidence of Things Not Seen (journalistic essay on Atlanta murders of black children)

1987: Work in progress when he died: A triple biography of the lives of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Medgar Evers


1924: Born James Arthur Baldwin in Harlem, New York, on August 2

1930: Enters Public School 24

1937: Becomes editor in chief of Douglas Pilot at Frederick Douglass Junior High School (studied French and writing with Countee Cullen)

1938: Becomes a preacher at Fireside Pentacostal Assembly (at the age of 14)

1942: Graduates from De Witt Clinton High School (where he began life-long friendships with Richard Avedon and Emile Gapouya

1943: Moves to Greenwich Village in New York (19 years of age)

1944: Wins the Eugene F. Saxton Memorial Trust Award

1945: First book review is published

1948: First major essay, "The Harlem Ghetto," is published; wins a Julius Rosenwald fellowship; moves to Paris (24 years of age)

1953 : First novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, is published (29 years of age)

1956: First book of non-fiction, Notes of a Native Son, is published (31 years of age)

1957 : Returns to New York; makes first trip to the South and meets the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

1962: Meets with Elijah Muhammad

1963: The Fire Next Time is published; meets with U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy

1964 : Baldwin elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters

1979 : Revisits the South as a journalist

1984-7: Holds lectureships and professorships in the United States at various universities, including the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

1986: Receives the Legion of Honor from the French government

1987: Dies in St. Paul de Vence, France, on December 1 (63 years of age)

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