James Baldwin Biography (1924-)

Born August 2, 1924, in New York, NY; son of David (a minister) and Berdis (Jones) Baldwin. Addresses: HOME-- New York, NY; France. OFFICE--c/o Holt, Rinehart and Winston, CBS Inc., 521 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10175.

From James Baldwin's publicity biography, CTFT notes that he was a child preacher at the Fireside Pentecostal Assembly from the time he was fourteen untilhe turned seventeen. At seventeen, he embarked upon his literary career. Hegained international prominence as a leader and spokesman for the civil rights movement, although he prefers to call himself a witness to that movement. He has spoken passionately before audiences of thousands urging recognition ofthe rights of all. Still a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, Baldwin was Regent's Lecturer during a month-long visit at the University of California at Berkeley in 1979. He addressed the American Booksellers Convention in Los Angeles, in May of that same year. He spends his time between his homes in New York City and southern France.

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August 2, 1924
New York, New York, United States

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