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Unformatted text preview: Biographical Sketch of James Baldwin Tanner Lancaster 1302-314 06 March 2008 James Arthur Baldwin was born in New York, New York August 2, 1924. (Stark Baldwin). He was the oldest of nine children and stepson to David Baldwin. Baldwin was weak and sickly as a child, thus, he turned to reading books as an escape while avoiding other children and his stepfather. (McGill Baldwin). After high school, he wrote for The Nation and The New Leader , and at the same time working odd jobs to support himself. (Stark Baldwin). Baldwin composed a number of essays that were published in magazines, thus beginning his career as an author (McGill Baldwin). A turning point for Baldwin in his career was meeting one of the most acclaimed writers in the United States, Richard Wright. Baldwin showed Wright a few chapters in his novel, and Wright decided to take Baldwin on as an apprentice. However, Baldwin was so intimidated by Wright's abilities and expectations that he could not finish the novel. With Baldwin feeling humiliated and Wright disappointed, the two parted ways (McGill Baldwin)....
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ENGL 1302 taught by Professor Harrison during the Spring '08 term at San Jacinto.
- Spring '08
- Go Tell it on the Mountain, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Arthur Baldwin, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation