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James Baldwin Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Go Tell It on the Mountain (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Giovanni's Room (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Another Country (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fire Next Time (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Beale Street Could Talk (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Man, Little Man (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Above My Head (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Sonny's Blues (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Going to Meet the Man (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jimmy's Blues (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
James Baldwin: Early Novels & Stories (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifty Famous People (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vintage Baldwin (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

The Amen Corner (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blues for Mister Charlie (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Day When I Was Lost (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Notes of a Native Son (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nobody Knows My Name (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nothing Personal (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Anti Semitism And Jewish Racism (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harlem, U.S.A. (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Rap on Race (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Name in the Street (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dialogue (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil Finds Work (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Price of the Ticket (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Evidence of Things Not Seen (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fights: Photographs (With: A.J. Liebling,Jimmy Cannon,Charles Hoff,Richard B. Woodward) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baldwin: Collected Essays (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Native Sons (With: Sol Stein) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cross of Redemption (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Am Not Your Negro (With: Raoul Peck) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Last Interview Books

Learning to Live Finally (By: Jacques Derrida) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations (By: Roberto Bolaño) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kurt Vonnegut (By: Kurt Vonnegut) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jorge Luis Borges (By: Jorge Luis Borges) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (By: Hannah Arendt) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
James Baldwin: The Last Interview: and other Conversations (With: Quincy Troupe) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview (By: Ray Bradbury,Sam Weller) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gabriel García Márquez (By: Gabriel García Márquez) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lou Reed (By: Lou Reed) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ernest Hemingway (By: Ernest Hemingway) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nora Ephron: The Last Interview (By: Nora Ephron) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Philip K. Dick (By: Philip K. Dick) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
J. D. Salinger (By: J.D. Salinger) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oliver Sacks (By: Oliver Sacks) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Jacobs (By: Jane Jacobs) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
David Bowie (By: David Bowie) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Martin Luther King Jr.) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christopher Hitchens (By: Christopher Hitchens) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hunter S. Thompson (By: Hunter S. Thompson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kathy Acker: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Kathy Acker) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Julia Child: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (By: Julia Child) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (By: Ursula K. Le Guin) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billie Holiday: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Billie Holiday,Khanya Mtshali) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Graham Greene: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Graham Greene) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toni Morrison: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Toni Morrison) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frida Kahlo: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Frida Kahlo) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shirley Chisholm: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Barbara Lee,Shirley Chisholm) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fred Rogers: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Fred Rogers) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Johnny Cash: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Johnny Cash) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Lewis: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (By: Melville House) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Janet Malcolm: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations (By: Melville House) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kurt Cobain: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Melville House) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
bell hooks: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: bell hooks) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Octavia E. Butler: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Melville House) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Identity And Self Respect(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Points of View(1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Short Stories by Black Writers(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories from the Black Experience(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Edinburgh Review Anthology(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Short Story: 30 Masterpieces(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Go the Way Your Blood Beats(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing New York(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Portable Sixties Reader(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Civil Rights Reader(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fathers: A Literary Anthology(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

James Baldwin was an American author well known for his novels, essays and poems. Baldwin wrote about everything from race to sex and class distinctions. The author’s works were well known for tackling complicated personal and social subjects in fictionalized settings.


James Baldwin was born in Harlem in New York. Born in 1924, James was one of the first few African Americans that took a long and unflinching look at the issues of race and sex in the United States.

James’ mother, Emma Jones, left him in the dark about his biological father, refusing to even tell James his name. She raised him alone for a while before meeting and marrying David Baldwin, a Baptist Minister that James would come to call his father even in light of their strained relationship.

James Baldwin loved reading as a child. A student of DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, James took great pleasure in contributing to the institution’s magazine. It didn’t take long for James’ peers to recognize his talents, what with all the poems, short stories and plays he kept churning out as a young student.

It wasn’t merely his writing abilities that drew interest, though. James Baldwin showed that he could understand and manipulate sophisticated tools and devices of literature at a point in his life where most other authors would have been struggling to master punctuations.

James was intent on furthering his education through college. However, following his departure from high school in 1942, it became evident that the author’s family needed his help to stay afloat.

With seven siblings to worry about, James did whatever work came his way and it didn’t take him long to encounter worrying levels of discrimination. After losing his job and failing to find another, and losing his father, it became evident that James would have to change direction if he wanted to succeed.

Moving to Greenwich Village in New York City made sense to the author because the neighborhood had become a hub for artists. James wanted to write a novel. But he needed a way of supporting himself financially while he got his writing done.

After struggling through a couple of odd jobs, James was finally fortunate enough to get a couple of his essays and short stories published. James’ fortunes also included meeting a writer by the names of Richard Wright who got him a fellowship in 1945 through which James was able to support himself.

Even though he had begun making headway as a writer by this point in time, it wasn’t until James Baldwin moved to Paris that he garnered the freedom necessary to tackle the personal and social topics that he cared about.

The author’s first novel, ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’, delved into his personal life and struggles with his father and the religion he inherited. This paved the way for James to tackle homosexuality in another novel.

Though it wasn’t until the author began talking about race that his star began to shine. Through books like ‘Nobody Knows My Name’ and ‘Notes of a Native’s Son’, Baldwin explored the deplorable aspects of African American life in the United States.

James’ books added a voice to the Civil Rights Movement of his time and forced readers to explore the black experience as it was understood in that era. Where other black authors were content to moan about the horrors of life in the 20th century, James Baldwin went so far as to write essays aimed at the white community, designed to show them what it meant to be black.

James wasn’t bleak or fatalistic. His works challenged white readers to try looking at life through the eyes of their African American neighbors. He was always clear about his hopes and dreams for a brighter future. He endeavored to encourage the men and women who poured over his essays to work towards bringing the racial nightmare in the West to an end.

People who followed James Baldwin during his final years will tell you that his optimism did not last. By the 1970s, it was clear that the author was losing faith, primarily because of all the violence he witnessed, this including the assassinations of notable African American figures like Martin Luther King Junior and Malcolm X.

The strident tone in his later works was difficult to ignore. By the late 1980s, the author’s fame had waned and his presence was only felt in the occasional observations he made about America in popular publications.

James Baldwin died in 1987. He was 61 at the time, living in France.


James Baldwin wrote a memoir featuring his recollections of the Civil rights Movement and its leaders. Titled ‘Remember this House’, James never finished the manuscript, though it was used in the creation of ‘I am Not Your Negro’, a documentary film released by Raoul Peck in 2016.

‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’ was turned into a movie in 1985.

+Go Tell It On the Mountain

This novel tells the story of a teenage boy who struggles to understand his place in the world in light of his status as the stepson of a Pentecostal Church Minister. The boy struggles with matters of a spiritual, moral and sexual nature.

This was James Baldwin’s first notable literary effort. He admitted that the book was autobiographical delving into his own experiences as a young boy trying to re-invent himself in a difficult world.

The novel takes a hard look at an African American family and the manner in which it is impacted positively and negatively by religion.

+The Fire Next Time

This book was a bestseller when it hit the shelves back in the early 1960s. Rather short, the book constitutes two letters that speak to the black and the white community in America, urging them to overcome the legacy of racism.

This book is pretty harsh in the way it rebukes the American people, daring them to take a hard look at the consequences of emancipation and the manner in which the people of his country have squandered the freedoms they have been granted.

James Baldwin attacks the way Christianity was used to entrench racism; it is easy to see why some people might call this an angry book.

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