by Taylor Coe
Baldwin in 1971BornJames Arthur Baldwin
August 2, 1924
Harlem, New York, U.S.DiedDecember 1, 1987 (aged 63)
Saint-Paul de Vence, FranceOccupationWriter, novelist, poet, playwright, activistNationalityAmericanAlma materDeWitt Clinton High School,
The New SchoolPeriod1947–1985
James Baldwin, was a writer and civil rights activist. He was born on August 2, 1924 and died on December 1, 1987. James (Arthur) Baldwin was an important African American prolific writer of novels, poetry, short stories, plays and essays, as well as a civil rights activist.James Baldwin was widely considered as one of the greatest writers of his generation. James baldwin's best book was go tell it on the mountain (1953). This book is considered one of the literary masterpieces of that era. In 1956 James baldwin would publish a book called Giovanni's room, the book talks about how James baldwin openly discusse's about race and homosexuality. In 1957 James baldwin then moved back to the united states where he would be participating in the Civil rights movement with Martin Luthor King and malcom x. James baldwin then wrote an essay about race relation and the role of writers in socity. He then wrote another essay called the fire next time which would then be one of the most brillant essay's on the black history. James baldwin would be internationaly reconized on numerous ocastions during both his lifetime and his untimely death.