James BaldwinBiographical Reportby Frantz BrunoOccupation: Writer and Professor at UniversitiesBirth Date: August 02, 1924Death Date: December 01, 1987Education: DeWitt Clinton High School, The New SchoolPlace of Birth: Harlem Hospital, New York CityPlace Of Death: Saint-Paul de Vence, France Context Of Writing: James Baldwin was best known as a novelist and playwright who wrote about racial and sexual issues in the mid-20th century, especially pertaining to black in America.Some of Baldwin’s Famous Works: Go Tell It on the Mountain was Baldwin first Novel (1953). The Amen corner (Play; 1954). Giovanni’s Room was the Second Novel (1956).Race in James Baldwin Literary Works:
As we reflect on James Baldwin own life experience as a blackAfrican-American; the life experience of his fellow blackAfrican-Americans in the context of the mid-20 centurysegregation period and also the emergence of the civil rightsmovement; race became a major subject in his works and by theway “a compelling and relevant Area” to Understand hisWriting. In fact, his fame is associated with such racial workslike: Notes of a Native Son (Essay; 1955) Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (Essay; 1961) The fire Next Time (Essay; 1963)was notorious in terms of educating white American folks onwhat it meant to be black and also a realistic view of racerelations. Indeed, “both black and white, should attack theterrible legacy of racism.” Blues for Mister Charlie (Play; 1964) Tell Me How Long the train’s Been Gone (Novel; 1968)
In such Literary works we can see the reminiscence of somepopular themes like sexuality, family and black experience orrather racial identity. Sunny’s Blues (1957), a piece from the collection:Published in 1965, focuses on the “sufferings of black peoplein America”. Again, we see the recurrence to the themes ofRacism and Segregation as paramount to his writings in linewith the societal framework of the era.Overall, we see that while James Baldwin seems to “despairabout racial situation” and social injustices he saw during hislife-time, his literary works do not reflect any sign of“apparent disillusion”. Instead, through his writings heendeavors to promote a more unified American culture.
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