Books by: James Baldwin


Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

by James Baldwin
26,881 voters
Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a semi-autobiographical novel that has established itself as an American classic. With ly...
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
22,867 voters
Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and char...
The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin
18,347 voters
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a pow...
Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son

by James Baldwin
7,983 voters
A new edition published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Baldwin’s death, including a new introduction by an important contemporary writer
 
Since its original p...
Another Country

Another Country

by James Baldwin
7,346 voters
'Let our novelists read Mr Baldwin and tremble. There is a whirlwind loose in the land' Sunday Times

When Another Country appeared in 1962, it caused a liter...
If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin
3,770 voters
In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love...
Sonny's Blues

Sonny's Blues

by James Baldwin
3,392 voters
Part of the Penguin 60s series, issued to celebrate 60 years of Penguin books. This collects "Sonny's Blues", "The Rockpile" and "Previous Condition", all taken from Going to Meet ...
Going to Meet the Man

Going to Meet the Man

by James Baldwin
2,990 voters
"There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it." The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, a...
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: An Informal Autobiography

To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: An Informal Autobiography

by Lorraine HansberryJames BaldwinRobert Nemiroff
1,822 voters

In her first play, the now-classic A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry introduced the lives of ordinary African Americans into our national theatrical repertory. Now, Hansberry tells...

Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
1,780 voters
Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination...
Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

by James Baldwin
1,615 voters
At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made ...
Nobody Knows My Name

Nobody Knows My Name

by James Baldwin
1,545 voters
Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to ...
Just Above My Head

Just Above My Head

by James Baldwin
1,134 voters
The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience.  Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harle...
Collected Essays

Collected Essays

by Toni MorrisonJames Baldwin
1,090 voters
Tho one of the giants of 20th-century American letters he's often been marginalized, relegated to the ghetto of writers about race. This perception of Baldwin solely as a black wri...
Another Country

Another Country

by James Baldwin
911 voters
Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions--sexual, racial, political, artistic--that is stunning for its emot...
Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

by James Baldwin
905 voters
James Baldwin's stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the...
Blues for Mister Charlie

Blues for Mister Charlie

by James Baldwin
896 voters
In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence--which is loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emm...
No Name in the Street

No Name in the Street

by James Baldwin
706 voters
This stunningly personal document and extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies displays James Baldwin's fury and despair more deeply than any of his other...
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
684 voters
Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and char...
Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories

Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories

by Toni MorrisonJames Baldwin
514 voters
Novelist, essayist, and public intellectual James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the postwar era, and one of the greatest African-America...
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories

by Edith WhartonHenry JamesBernard MalamudJack LondonMark TwainErnest HemingwayHerman MelvilleRay BradburyF. Scott FitzgeraldJoyce Carol OatesSaul BellowKate ChopinJohn UpdikeRaymond CarverJohn CheeverNathaniel HawthorneEudora WeltyJames BaldwinIsaac Bashevis SingerWilliam Carlos WilliamsStephen CraneFlannery O'ConnorHarriet Beecher StoweWashington IrvingCharlotte Perkins GilmanLangston HughesKatherine Anne PorterUrsula K. Le GuinEdgar Allan PoeWilla Carter
411 voters
This volume offers a survey of American short fiction in 59 tales that combine classic works with 'different, unexpected gems', which invite readers to explore a wealth of importan...
The Paris Review Interviews, II

The Paris Review Interviews, II

by Harold BloomOrhan PamukGraham GreeneStephen KingToni MorrisonWilliam FaulknerAlice MunroPhilip GourevitchThe Paris ReviewEudora WeltyJames BaldwinGabriel García MárquezIsaac Bashevis SingerWilliam GaddisJames ThurberPeter CareyRobert LowellPhilip LarkinJohn Gardner
404 voters

Since The Paris Review was founded in 1953, it has given us invaluable conversations with the greatest writers of our age, vivid self-portraits that are...

Daddy Was a Number Runner

Daddy Was a Number Runner

by James BaldwinLouise Meriwether
364 voters
This beloved modern classic documents the lives and hardships of an African American family living in Depression-era Harlem. While 12-year-old Francie Coffin’s world and family thr...
The Devil Finds Work

The Devil Finds Work

by James Baldwin
364 voters
James Baldwin At The Movies...  Provocative, timeless, brilliant.

Bette Davis's eyes, Joan Crawford's bitchy elegance, Stepin Fetchit's stereotype, Sidney Poitier's super...
The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985

The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985

by James Baldwin
352 voters
The works of James Baldwin constitute one of the major contributions to American literature in the twentieth century, and nowhere is this more evident than in The Price of the T...
The Amen Corner

The Amen Corner

by James Baldwin
347 voters
Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. For to his first work for the theater J...
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
311 voters
Set in the contemporary Paris of American  expatraites, liasons, and violence, a young man finds  himself caught between desire and conventional  morality. James Baldwin's brillian...
Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

by James Baldwin
234 voters
"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's f...
The Granta Book of the American Short Story

The Granta Book of the American Short Story

by Bernard MalamudTim O'BrienHarold BrodkeyLeonard MichaelsJoyce Carol OatesRobert Penn WarrenAmy TanAnn BeattieJohn UpdikeRaymond CarverTobias WolffJohn CheeverPaul BowlesRichard FordEudora WeltyJames BaldwinJames SalterLorrie MooreShirley JacksonRobert CooverFlannery O'ConnorDonald BarthelmeWilliam H. GassDavid LeavittPeter TaylorWilliam KotzwinkleJamaica KincaidGrace PaleyJoy WilliamsGayl JonesBarry HannahStuart DybekMary RobisonRichard BauschStanley ElkinJane BowlesJames Alan McPhersonWallace StegnerJean StaffordJayne Anne PhillipsMax AppleT.C. BoyleKurt VonnegutRichard Yeats
183 voters
The Granta Book of the American Short Story is a selection of the best works of American short fiction published in the last 50 years. Stories featured here include “A Day in the O...
The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin
166 voters
The landmark work on race in America from James Baldwin, whose life and words are immortalized in the Oscar-nominated film I Am Not Your Negro

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Vintage Baldwin

Vintage Baldwin

by James Baldwin
162 voters
Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the great modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions.

“One of the few genuinely indispensa...
Conversations with James Baldwin

Conversations with James Baldwin

by James Baldwin
114 voters
This collection of interviews with James Baldwin covers the period 1961-1987, from the year of the publication of Nobody Knows My Names, his fourth book, to just a few weeks...
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
108 voters
An American, separated from his fiancaee, becomes involved in an intense relationship with a young Italian bartender while in Paris.
A Rap on Race

A Rap on Race

by James BaldwinMargaret Mead
102 voters
In 1970, America's most celebrated Black author and the world's most acclaimed anthropologist met for a seven-and-a-half hour conversation about race and society. The transcript of...
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
91 voters
Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and char...
To Be Young, Gifted and Black

To Be Young, Gifted and Black

by Lorraine HansberryJames Baldwin
89 voters
In her first play, the now-classic A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry introduced the lives of ordinary African Americans into our national theatrical repertory. Now, Hansberry tells he...
Sonny's Blues

Sonny's Blues

by James Baldwin
82 voters
Impassioned tales of human experience that reach the soul. James Baldwin's powerful writing expressed the anger and helplessness felt by many black people in America. Born in New Y...
Jimmy's Blues: Selected Poems

Jimmy's Blues: Selected Poems

by James Baldwin
81 voters
Finally in paperback, here is James Baldwin's only collection of poems. Baldwin's language is deceptively simple--this poetry is easily understood. But the emotions behind the word...
If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin
75 voters
Like the blues -- sweet, sad and full of truth --  this masterly work of fiction rocks us with  powerful emotions. In it are anger and pain, but above  all, love -- affirmative lov...
The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin
74 voters
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a pow...
Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son

by James Baldwin
64 voters
Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad re...
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
64 voters
Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and char...
The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin
58 voters
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful e...
Go Tell it on the Mountain / The Fire Next Time / If Beale Street Could Talk

Go Tell it on the Mountain / The Fire Next Time / If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin
53 voters
Includes: Go Tell It on The Mountain, The Next time by fire and If Beale Street Could Talk all in one volume
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
51 voters
Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and char...
One Day When I Was Lost

One Day When I Was Lost

by James Baldwin
36 voters
Based on Alex Haley’s bestselling classic The Autobiography of Malcolm X, a rare, lucidly composed screenplay from one of America’s great masters of letters.Son of a Baptist...
The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin
34 voters
Since it was first published, this famous study of the Black Problem in America has become a classic. Powerful, haunting and prophetic, it sounds a clarion warning to the world.
Another Country

Another Country

by James Baldwin
33 voters
Baldwin, James. Another Country. First British Edition. London, Michael Joseph, 1963. 20.5cm x 13.7cm. 415 (3) pages. Original Hardcover with original, unclipped dustjacket. In pro...
The Evidence of Things Not Seen

The Evidence of Things Not Seen

by James Baldwin
33 voters
This edition of a classic work by one of America's premier writers offers a new Foreword by Derrick Bell (with Janet Dewart Bell) to the 1995 paperback edition, and is as meaningfu...
If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin
30 voters
We are in Harlem, the black soul of New York City, in the era of Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. The narrator of Baldwin’s novel is Tish nineteen, and pregnant. Her lover Fonny, f...
Memoirs of a Bastard Angel

Memoirs of a Bastard Angel

by James BaldwinHarold Norse
29 voters
Harold Norse has spent half a century simultaneously at the center and in the vanguard of literary and homosexual subcultures. His career began in 1939, when W. H. Auden seduced an...
If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin
24 voters
Like the blues--sweet, sad, and full of truth--this masterful work of fiction rocks us with powerful emotions.  In it are anger and pain, but above all, love--the affirmative love ...
Blues for Mr. Charlie

Blues for Mr. Charlie

by James Baldwin
23 voters
Blues for Mr. Charlie
Go Tell It On The Mountain

Go Tell It On The Mountain

by James Baldwin
23 voters
First published in 1953 when James Baldwin was nearly 30, Go Tell It on the Mountain is a young man's novel, as tightly coiled as a new spring, yet tempered by a maturing ma...
Just Above My Head

Just Above My Head

by James Baldwin
22 voters
James Baldwin first wrote about homosexuality in his famous early novel, Giovanni’s Room. Here he brings homosexuality and race together in the story of the great gospel sin...
Going To Meet The Man

Going To Meet The Man

by James Baldwin
19 voters
Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books (1965)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 014018449X
ISBN-13: 978-0140184495
ASIN: B000PRV3YK
Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6...
Native Sons: A Friendship that Created One of the Greatest Works of the 20th Century: Notes of a Native Son

Native Sons: A Friendship that Created One of the Greatest Works of the 20th Century: Notes of a Native Son

by James BaldwinSol Stein
16 voters
James Baldwin was beginning to be recognized as the most brilliant black writer of his generation when his first book of essays, Notes of a Native Son, established hi...
A Rap on Race

A Rap on Race

by James BaldwinMargaret Mead
16 voters
In 1970 James Baldwin & Margaret Mead met for an extraordinary seven-&-a-half-hour discussion about race & society. Mead brought her knowledge of racism as practiced in remote soci...
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
12 voters
Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and char...
Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin
10 voters
Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and char...
Just Above My Head

Just Above My Head

by James Baldwin
8 voters

The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience.  Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Ha...

La habitación de Giovanni

La habitación de Giovanni

by James Baldwin
7 voters
Ambientada en el mundo bohemio del París de los cincuenta, La habitación de Giovanni es un clásico de la literatura gay. Su tema principal versa en torno al despertar de un hombre ...
Going To Meet the Man

Going To Meet the Man

by James BaldwinJonathan Baldwin
7 voters
Hardcover book with dust jacket. Dial Press, 1965. Assumed first edition. Yellow boards with black writing/decorations. 249 pages with an additional biographical page. Includes thr...
Nobody Knows My Name

Nobody Knows My Name

by James Baldwin
7 voters
Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to ...
Another Country

Another Country

by James Baldwin
7 voters
Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions--sexual, racial, political, artistic--that is stunning for its emot...
If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin
6 voters
Een zwarte jongen in Harlem wordt gearresteerd wegens verkrachting, maar lijkt weinig kans te hebben op een eerlijke procesgang.
Beale Street Blues

Beale Street Blues

by James Baldwin
5 voters
In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love...
The Devil Finds Work

The Devil Finds Work

by James Baldwin
4 voters
These are the movie stars and the qualities that influenced James Baldwin...and now become part of his incisive look at racism in American movies. Here are our loves and hates, bia...
Going to Meet the Man

Going to Meet the Man

by James Baldwin
2 voters
"There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it." The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, a...
James Baldwin Black Expressions Rediscoveries

James Baldwin Black Expressions Rediscoveries

by James Baldwin
2 voters
James Baldwin Classics, Go Tell It on the Mountain, The Fire Next Time, If Beale Street Could Talk
Artist's Struggle for Integrity

Artist's Struggle for Integrity

by James Baldwin
1 voters
James Baldwin discusses the universal struggle to become human and the artist's insight into humanity.
Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

by James Baldwin
1 voters
At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made ...
To Be Young, Gifted and Black: An Informal Autobiography

To Be Young, Gifted and Black: An Informal Autobiography

by Lorraine HansberryJames Baldwin
0 voters
This is the story of a young woman born in Chicago who came to New York, won fame with her play, A Raisin in the Sun--and went on to new heights of artistry before her tragi...
James Baldwin Reads from Just Above My Head

James Baldwin Reads from Just Above My Head

by James Baldwin
0 voters
The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience.  Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harle...
Native Sons

Native Sons

by James BaldwinSol Stein
0 voters
James Baldwin was beginning to be recognized as the most brilliant black writer of his generation when his first book of essays, Notes of a Native Son, established hi...
Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son

by James Baldwin
0 voters
Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad re...
Si Beale Street Pouvait Parler

Si Beale Street Pouvait Parler

by James Baldwin
0 voters
In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love...
Evidence of Things

Evidence of Things

by James Baldwin
0 voters
In this searing and moving essay, James Baldwin explores the Atlanta child murders that took place over a period of twenty-two months in 1979 and 1980.