James Baldwin ( 2 August, 1924 – 1 December, 1987) was an American essayist, novelist and playwright. His writings on the subject of race in America made him an important voice, especially in the 1950s and 60s.
His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, was published in 1953, and a made-for-television movie based on the book was released in 1984. Other noted works include: Notes of a Native Son (1955) and Another Country (1962). The November 17, 1962 issue of The New Yorker magazine featured a lengthy article by Baldwin on the civil rights struggle in the U.S. The article was reprinted in book form as The Fire Next Time which became a bestseller.
Remember This House, an unfinished manuscript was expanded and adapted for cinema as the documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, which was released in 2016 and was nominated for an Academy Award. Baldwin’s novel, If Beale Street Could Talk was adapted into a film which won an Academy Award in 2018.