James Baldwin: Artist on Fire

James Baldwin: Artist on Fire

by W.J. J. Weatherby

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This fascinating study aims with almost complete success at giving us a sense of the tortured, brave, and often confused writer. Written by a friend of 30 years' standing, this informal biography is especially valuable for connecting events in Baldwin's sad life with moments in his exciting essays and fiction. As we follow his eccentric history, from a horrendous childhood in Harlem up through his disturbing need eventually to leave America, we learn of Baldwin's love of jazz, intense interest in the civil rights movement, and literary friends and foes. There are a number of fascinating anecdotes as well as some shrewd evaluations of his major works. Hardly a college anthology fails to include some offering by Baldwin, and for this reason alone Artist on Fire should prove a popular addition to any library.-- Charles Shapiro, York Coll., CUNY

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