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James Baldwin
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Baldwin in 1969
Born
James Arthur Baldwin

(1924-08-02)August 2, 1924
Died December 1, 1987(1987-12-01) (aged 63)
Nationality American
Occupation Writer
Years active 1947–1985
Notable work
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Giovanni's Room
Notes of a Native Son

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic.

Baldwin's essays, such as the collection Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore racial and class matters in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America.

Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City. He studied at DeWitt Clinton High School and at The New School. Baldwin was gay. He married and had no children. Baldwin died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul de Vence, France from esophageal cancer, aged 63.

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