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Subject: ARCHIVE: August 2, 1924 ~Famed writer JAMES BALDWIN American novelist and social critic, was born on the same day in the same city, hours apart, as Carroll O'Connor! ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, August 02, 02:40:59pm
In reply to: "Archie Bunker" actor died in 2001. 's message, "Actor Carroll O'Connor was born 94 years ago, today! ..." on Thursday, August 02, 02:35:53pm

James Baldwin
[ James Arthur "Jimmy" Baldwin ]
(August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)

American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. 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). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award-nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.

Baldwin's novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration not only of African Americans, 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, Giovanni's Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation movement.

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In this obit for Carroll O' Connor, he quotes James BaldwinI wonder if O' Connor knew that he & Baldwin were born the same dayThursday, August 02, 04:38:33pm

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