James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

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James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in the Western society of the United States during the mid twentieth-century. Some of Baldwin's essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Baldwin has received more than 8,403,869 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). James Baldwin is the 1,120th most popular writer (down from 1,110th in 2019), the 1,284th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,224th in 2019) and the 136th most popular American Writer.

James Baldwin is most famous for his novels Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time.

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Among writers, James Baldwin ranks 1,120 out of 5,794Before him are Poul Anderson, Jean Giono, Joseph Karo, Ľudovít Štúr, Danielle Steel, and Lü Dongbin. After him are Saint Gall, William Carlos Williams, Jaan Kross, Sami Frashëri, John Dryden, and Ephraim Kishon.

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Among people born in 1924, James Baldwin ranks 53Before him are Hermann Buhl, Rosamunde Pilcher, Luigi Nono, Giovanni Sartori, Bulat Okudzhava, and Eva Marie Saint. After him are Ephraim Kishon, Ante Marković, John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Raj Kapoor, and Georges Prêtre. Among people deceased in 1987, James Baldwin ranks 32Before him are Jacqueline du Pré, Jean Anouilh, William P. Murphy, Anthony de Mello, Georg Wittig, and Nobusuke Kishi. After him are Peter Tosh, Yasuo Haruyama, André Masson, Jaco Pastorius, Liberace, and Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Baldwin ranks 1,284 out of 15,968Before him are Lucy Liu (1968), David McClelland (1917), Dionne Warwick (1940), Danielle Steel (1947), Rick Rubin (1963), and Ike Turner (1931). After him are Jane Russell (1921), Red Cloud (1822), Mark Spitz (1950), Francis Peyton Rous (1879), Rosalynn Carter (1927), and Edward Tatum (1909).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, James Baldwin ranks 136Before him are Marshall Rosenberg (1934), Diana Gabaldon (1952), Noah Gordon (1926), Sam Shepard (1943), Poul Anderson (1926), and Danielle Steel (1947). After him are William Carlos Williams (1883), Harry Harrison (1925), Anthony Bourdain (1956), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), Martha Gellhorn (1908), and Sylvia Browne (1936).