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James Baldwin

Novelist, Essayist (2-Aug-1924 — 30-Nov-1987)


Harold Bloom. James Baldwin. Chelsea House Publishers. 1986. 164pp.

Rosa Bobia. The Critical Reception of James Baldwin in France: An Analysis and Annotated Bibliography of His Francophone Critics. Peter Lang Publishing. 1997. 191pp.

James Campbell. Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin. Viking. 1991. 306pp.

James Campbell. Exiled in Paris: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett and Others on the Left Bank. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1995. 271pp.

Ernest A. Champion. Mr. Baldwin, I Presume: James Baldwin -- Chinua Achebe: A Meeting of the Minds. University Press of America. 1995.

Keith Clark. Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines and August Wilson. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. 2002. 176pp.

Kenneth B. Clark. The Negro Protest: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Beacon Press. 1963. 56pp.

Ursula Broschke Davis. Paris Without Regret: James Baldwin, Kenny Clarke, Chester Himes and Donald Byrd. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press. 1986. 124pp.

Fern Marja Eckman. The Furious Passage of James Baldwin. New York: M. Evans. 1966. 256pp.

Clarence E. Hardy III. James Baldwin's God: Sex, Hope, and Crisis in Black Holiness Culture. University of Tennessee Press. 2003. 147pp.

Trudier Harris. Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press. 1985.

R. Jothiprakash. Commitment as a Theme in African American Literature: A Study of James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison. Bristol, IN: Wyndham Hall Press. 1994. 211pp.

Kenneth Kinnamon (editor). James Baldwin: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. 1974.

David Leeming. James Baldwin. Michael Joseph. 1994. 445pp.

Stanley Macebuh. James Baldwin: A Critical Study. New York: John Okpaku Publishing Co./The Third Press. 1973. 194pp.

D. Quentin Miller. Re-Viewing James Baldwin: Things Not Seen. Temple University Press. 2000.

Jarub Moller; Karin Moller. The Theme of Identity in the Essays of James Baldwin: An Interpretation. Coronet Books Inc.. 1975. 186pp.

Therman B. O'Daniel. James Baldwin: A Critical Evaluation. Howard University Press. 1977. 272pp.

Horace A. Porter. Stealing the Fire: The Art and Protest of James Baldwin. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 1989.

Louis H. Pratt. James Baldwin. Twayne. 1978. 157pp.

Lynn Orilla Scott. James Baldwin's Later Fiction: Witness to the Journey. Michigan State University Press. 2002. 224pp.

Vahan Sewny. The Social Theory of James Mark Baldwin. New York: Augustus M. Kelley. 1967. 93pp.

Fred L. Standley; Nancy V. Burt (editors). Critical Essays on James. G. K. Hall & Company. 1988. 312pp.

James Tackach. The Importance of James Baldwin. San Diego, CA: Lucent Books. 1997.

W. J. Weatherby. James Baldwin: Artist on Fire. London: Michael Joseph. 1990. 412pp.


  1. James Baldwin Photographs and Papers
    Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

  2. James Baldwin Collection
    National Museum of African American History and Culture


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Internet Broadway Database [link]

  5. Public Information Research Namebase [link]

  6. Wikipedia [link]

  7. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  8. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  9. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.56)

  10. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.37)

  11. Random House Dictionary of World Biography (p.32)

  12. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.41)

  13. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.95)

  14. Webster's American Biographies (p.58)

  15. Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century (p.59)

  16. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.17)

  17. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.36)

  18. Contemporary Novelists (pp.72-75)

  19. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.50)

  20. Celebrity Register 4th Issue (p.27)

  21. Who's Who in Lesbian & Gay Writing (p.10)

  22. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.74)

  23. World Authors 1950-1970 (pp.107-09)

  24. Celebrity Register 3rd Issue (p.28)

  25. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.35)

  26. Public Intellectuals: A Study in Decline (p.194)

  27. 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia (pp.44-47)

  28. International Who's Who 1960 (p.53)

  29. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.1, p.161)

  30. Biographical Dictionary of the Left (vol.1, p.219)

  31. Legends in Their Own Time (p.16)

  32. A Dictionary of 20th Century World Biography (Oxford) (p.34)

  33. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.1)

  34. Literary Journalism: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers and Editors (p.16)

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