September 24, 2017

Today in History: James Baldwin

Today in History–August 2–the Library of Congress features novelist, essayist, and playwright James Baldwin, born on this day in 1924. Influenced by a teacher—poet and Harlem Renaissance leader Countee Cullen—Baldwin went on to earn his own place in literary history. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access some of the Library’s top literary treasures.

Novelist, Essayist, and Playwright James Baldwin Was Born from America’s Library

James Baldwin biography Poetry Foundation

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket About the Author PBS: American Masters

“For James Baldwin” video commentary about poem by Kay Boyle

James Baldwin image set

James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78 interview The Paris Review Issue 91, Spring 1984

Harlem Renaissance primary source set (individual items)

Harlem Renaissance primary source collections

More literature primary source collections & teaching resources

More poetry primary source collections & teaching resources

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