James Baldwin

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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 palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America ...
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No, I don't feel death coming.
I feel death going:
when you send the rain
think about it, please,
The lady is a tramp
a camp
a lamp
Munich, Winter 1973 (for Y.S.) Related Poem Content Details
In a strange house,
a strange bed
in a strange town,
Staggerlee wonders
I always wonder
what they think the niggers are doing
while they, the pink and alabaster pragmatists,
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11 November 2014
You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.
11 November 2014
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
11 November 2014
It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.
11 November 2014
An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.
11 November 2014
People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.


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