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Jana Evans Braziel, Assistant Professor
229B Mc Micken Hall
Department of English and Comparative Literature
University of Cincinnati
ML 210069
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


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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