Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Portrait of This Artist as a Young Man

Watching and waiting/
Layers of life still to live/
Wound up in fabric.   

 James Baldwin (1924-1987), by Van Vechten, 1955.

Fun fact about Baldwin: he went to high school (DeWitt Clinton in the Bronx) with Richard Avedon--both worked on the high school paper!

In this clip from James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, the 1989 American Masters documentary made about his life, Baldwin discusses his early life in Harlem.

 Click below for comprehensive information on Baldwin--biographical background, literary criticism, a bibliography, e-text excerpts, and more. You can also go to his Wikipedia entry by clicking here.

All best,

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