Author(s): James Baldwin
So the club rose, the blood came down, and his bitterness and his anguish and his guilt were compounded'
Drawing on his own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, James Baldwin's searing essays blend the intensely personal with the political to envisage a better world.
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.