August Author Birthday—James Baldwin

Book cover image for "The First Next Time" by James BaldwinJAMES BALDWIN was an essayist, playwright, and novelist who was born on August 2, 1924, in New York City. He is regarded as a highly insightful, iconic writer who garnered acclaim for his insights on spirituality and humanity. An astute observer of race and American culture, Baldwin saw his personal mission as bearing “witness to the truth.” Some of his most well-known works include Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, and The Fire Next Time.

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