Talking at the Gates
A Life of James Baldwin
By (author) James Campbell
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Talking at the Gates by James Campbell
Book DescriptionJames Baldwin was one of America's finest and most influential writers. By the time he died in 1987, his books, such as "The Fire Next Time", "Go Tell It on the Mountain", and "Giovanni's Room", had become modern classics. James Campbell knew Baldwin for ten years before Baldwin's death. For this book, he interviewed many of Baldwin's friends and examined several hundred pages of correspondence. He quotes from the vast and disturbing file that the FBI compiled on Baldwin and he discusses Baldwin's sometimes turbulent relationships with Norman Mailer, Richard Wright, and Marlon Brando, as well as his friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. Elegantly written, candid, and original, "Talking at the Gates" is a comprehensive account of the life and work of a writer who believed that "the unexamined life is not worth living."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520231306
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - James Campbell
James Campbell is the author of This Is the Beat Generation: New York, San Francisco, Paris (California, 2001), Exiled in Paris: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett and Others on the Left Bank (1995), and Invisible Country: A Journey through Scotland (1990). He works for the Times Literary Supplement.
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