Author(s): James Baldwin
I read about it in the paper, in the subway, on my way to work. I read it, and I couldn't believe it, and I read it again'
A story exploring racism and artistic expression, set in the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village.
Born in Harlem in 1924, James Baldwin was a novelist, essayist, play-wright, poet, social critic, and the author of more than twenty books. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay col-lection The Fire Next Time was a bestseller that made him an influential figure in the civil rights movement. Baldwin spent many years in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in 1987.