James Baldwin by David Leeming
A Biography

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Provides an incisive look inside the complex life of the twentieth-century's most influential black writer, discussing his extraordinary literary works, his homosexuality, and his struggle against white society's denial of African-American identity. 30,000 first printing.

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DAVID ADAMS LEEMING is professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where he has taught since 1969.
Published March 29, 1994 by Knopf. 442 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This fourth life of writer James Baldwin won't give a bad name to authorized biographies, but neither will it elevate the suspect genre to new heights.

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Entertainment Weekly

James Baldwin hated being called a black writer as much as he hated being called a black stud, but Knopf's PR blurb calls him ''one of the most influential black writers of our time.'' David Leeming, a University of Connecticut English professor who was Baldwin's friend and among the last to...

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The Independent

The confrontation between Baldwin's liberal humanism and his recognition of the sheer depth of black alienation in American society lies at the heart of all his work.

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David Leeming's interview with Baldwin in the fall, 1986, issue of the Henry James Review constitutes a central text in that discourse, and now his authorized biography of Baldwin frequently invokes the "model" and "kindred spirit" of "Henry James, the writer he most admired" (Baldwin 61, 17).

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