Last Updated: 02 Aug, 2023 | Views: 486
Other Profession(s): Activist
Famous For: Writer Wrote Notes of a Native Son
Higher Education: DeWitt Clinton High School
James Arthur Baldwin, a great writer, was born on August 2, 1924, and died on December 1, 1987. A writer who was born in the United States, he was a prolific writer. He has achieved acclaim in various media, including essays, novels, plays, and poems. A decade later, Time magazine included Go Tell It on the Mountain on its list of the 100 best English-language novels, adding the novel to its list of the 100 greatest novels of all time.
In 1948, with $1,500 in funding from a Rosenwald Fellowship ($16,918 today), that Baldwin and a photographer friend attempted to create photography.
1947: Baldwin's first published work appeared in The Nation, where he reviewed the writer Maxim Gorky's work.
1987: At different points in his career, he continued to publish in that magazine and was serving as a member of its editorial board at the time of his death in 1987.
1953: Go Tell It on the Mountain is the first novel by Baldwin and a semi-autobiographical bildungsroman, which was published in 1953.
On February 26, 195: Manuscript was sent for Go Tell It on the Mountain from Paris to Alfred A. Knopf, the New York publishing house.
A novel like Go Tell It on the Mountain was the result of years of work and exploration on Baldwin's part, dating back to 1938 when he attempted his first novel.
1972: There was also a discussion of Baldwin's own experience in the context of the late 1960s in his next book-length essay No Name in the Street (1972).
1954: Guggenheim Fellowship
Eugene F. Saxton Memorial Trust Award
Foreign Drama Critics Award
1963: George Polk Memorial Award
1954, 1958, 1960: MacDowell fellowships
1986: Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur
Sadly, Baldwin passed away from stomach cancer in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France on December 1, 1987. It is believed that James Arthur Baldwin was buried in Hartsdale, near New York City, in Ferncliff Cemetery.