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novelist, emigrant, activist

James Baldwin was a 20th-century novelist, essayist, and playwright who delved deeply and honestly into topics of race, class, and sexuality. He was a strong voice within the civil rights and gay liberation movements, exploring the intersection of personal identity and American society in works such as Go Tell It on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son.

Best-known works: Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, If Beale Street Could Talk

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