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James Baldwin The Price of the Ticket The African-American author known as James Baldwin was born in Harlem New York in 1924 In his childhood Baldwin was a voracious reader He read every book that he could get his hands on at his local library which he visited several times a week As his lust for reading grew so blossomed his writing By the age of 8 or 9 Baldwin had written his schools song Farwell To 24 His mother encouraged his eagerness to write but his father a preacher wanted him to follow in his footsteps His father also felt that Baldwins writing was not intended for the black race but rather the white Their differences eventually go so great that Baldwin finished high school and left home After high school he worked in several different jobs and finally started his literary apprenticeship In the early 1940s Baldwin worked some in New Jersey and in 1943 he began writing full-time He tried his hand at writing here in the United States but quickly realize that it was almost impossible In 1948 he left for Paris While in Paris Baldwins work became world renowned Baldwin traveled extensively and with every place he wrote a novel Some were controversial covering topic such as sexuality and personal identity Most were based on the civil struggles that was occurring in the United States He returned to the United States in the early 60s in order to become involved in The Civil Rights Movement He lost many good friends during The Civil Rights Movement including Reverend Martin Luther King Jr After the assassination of King Baldwin returned to Paris in the early 70s While back in Paris Baldwin suffered writers block He bitterly started to acknowledge that violence may be the only route to racial justice In 1983 Baldwin became Five College Professor in the African-American Studies department of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst He spent
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