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James Arthur Baldwin (August 2# 1924 – December 1# 1987) was an African American novelist# essayist# playwright# poet# and social critic. His essays# as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955)# explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial# sexual# and class distinctions in Western societies# most notably in mid-20th-century America# and their inevitable if unnameable tensions. Some Baldwin essays are book-length# for instance The Fire Next Time (1963)# No Name in the Street (1972)# and The Devil Finds Work (1976). Baldwin's novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only blacks# but also of gay and bisexual men# while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals' quests for acceptance. Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin's second novel# written well before gay rights were widely espoused in America: Giovanni's Room (1956). Baldwin'
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