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(August 2, 1924-November 30, 1987) Born James Arthur Jones in New York City; given name Baldwin after mother remarried in 1927. Graduated from De Witt Clinton High School; employed as waiter in Greenwich Village while working on novel. Wrote reviews for The Nation, The New Leader, Commentary, and Partisan Review; in 1948 moved to Paris, living alternately in France and the U.S. for remainder of life. First novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, published in 1953, and first essay collection, Notes of a Native Son, in 1955. A play, Amen Corner, performed at Howard (later revived in New York, 1965, and London, 1986). Second novel, Giovanni's Room, appeared in 1956. Toured southern states in 1957 for Partisan Review and Harper's, visiting newly integrated public schools; in 1960 reported on Tallahassee sit-in movement and Congress of Racial Equality. Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son published 1961, novel Another Country in 1962. Traveled through South in 1963, lecturing for CORE; appeared on cover of Time magazine. Long essay The Fire Next Time won 1963 George Polk award. Met with Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall, head of Justice Department civil rights division; assisted James Forman of SNCC in Selma voter registration drive. Play Blues for Mr. Charlie performed in New York; collection of stories, Going To Meet the Man, appeared in 1965. Worked on film adaptation of Autobiography of Malcolm X; published novel Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone (1968). Directed production of Fortune and Men's Eyes in Istanbul (1969); subject of documentary James Baldwin from Another Place (1970). Conversations with Margaret Mead published as A Rap on Race (1971). Published novels No Name in the Street (1972), If Beale Street Could Talk (1974), and Just Above My Head (1979), and long essay The Devil Finds Work (1976). Taught three semesters at Bowling Green College (1978-81), at University of California, Berkeley (1979), and University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1983-84). Died at St. Paul-de-Vence, France; buried in New York.