James Campbell knew Baldwin for ten years before Baldwin's death.
James Campbell knew Baldwin for ten years before Baldwin's death. For this book, he interviewed many of Baldwin's friends and examined several hundred pages of James Baldwin was one of America's finest and most influential writers. By the time he died in 1987, his books, such as The Fire Next Time, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and Giovanni's Room, had become modern classics. James Campbell knew Baldwin for ten years before Baldwin's death.
James Campbell (born 5 June 1951) is a Scottish writer. Campbell was born in Croftfoot, on the southside of Glasgow. Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin. He left school at the age of fifteen to become an apprentice printer. After hitchhiking through Europe, Israel and North Africa, he studied to gain acceptance to the University of Edinburgh (1974–78). His first book, Invisible Country: A journey through Scotland, was published in 1984. Campbell, James (1986). Gate Fever (Preface). Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Talking at the Gates" is a rough-hewn but valuable biography of James Baldwin written by someone who knew him during the last decade of his life. Author James Campbell is honest about both his aim and the result; his book "is offered not as a definitive picture but as a host of sketches and perceptions aiming towards a definition. Eminently readable and discerning, these "sketches and perceptions" offer a great introduction to the life of one of America's greatest twentieth-century writers
Campbell, James, 1951-. A literary biography describing the life, friends, and work of the American author.
Campbell, James, 1951-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.
James Baldwin on the Albert Memorial with statue of Shakespeare. By the time of his death in 1987 James Baldwin had long since become that most tragic of literary figures: a major writer on the skids whose last few published books, painful in their lack of distinction, served only to remind discriminating readers of how far he had plummeted since his glory days. And glory days they had truly been: in the late Fifties and early Sixties he was not only one of America’s most critically acclaimed authors, but, in the words of James Campbell-who has now published the first full biography of Baldwin- practically the most famous writer in the land.
James Campbell’s latest book is Syncopations. His biography Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin was reissued in 2005. Continue reading the main story.
Talking at the Gates A Life of James Baldwin, With a New Afterword. by James Campbell (Author). In February 1978, James Baldwin received an invitation to address students at Edinburgh University. It was an informal request-so much so, indeed, that it came without the endorsement of the university or of any student body, and with no mention of a fee or travelling expenses. In fact, it was scarcely more than a letter of response to Baldwin's writing, with a postscript asking him please to come to Scotland. He was not short of invitations, but for some reason he accepted this one.
James Baldwin was one of America’s finest and most influential writers
James Baldwin was one of America’s finest and most influential writers. His books, including Go Tell it on the Mountain and Another Country, are considered modern classics, and by encompassing issues of race, religion, civil rights and homosexuality in his novels and plays, he became known as something of an incendiary writer – on his death in 1987 Newsweek described him as ‘an angry writer, yet his intelligence was so provoking and his sentences so. elegant that he quickly became the black writer that white liberals liked to fear
James Campbell's Talking At the Gates is a fine, highly readable, measured look at the Baldwin career.
James Campbell's Talking At the Gates is a fine, highly readable, measured look at the Baldwin career. His critical assessments of Baldwin are accurate and telling: "If it was necessary to isolate a single, dominating impulse driving James Baldwin's work, it would be the need to defeat the silence which lies behind slavery and his people's first forced arrival in America - the Land of the Free, as Baldwin never tired of ironically repeating.
James Campbell, Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin ( Berkeley: University of California, 1991 ), 284–285. James A. Baldwin, The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings, ed. 11. Herb Boyd, Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin ( New York: Atria Books, 2008 ), 7. oogle Scholar. 13. Baldwin, Collected Essays (New York: Library of America, 1998) (hereafter cited in text as CE. Randall Kenan (New York: Pantheon Books, 2010) (hereafter cited in text as TCR).