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  • Published: 15 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781612194004
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $26.99
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James Baldwin The Last Interview and Other Conversations


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Never before available, the unexpurgated last interview with James Baldwin

“I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only.” When, in the fall of 1987, the poet Quincy Troupe traveled to the south of France to interview James Baldwin, Baldwin’s brother David told him to ask Baldwin about everything—Baldwin was critically ill and David knew that this might be the writer’s last chance to speak at length about his life and work.

The result is one of the most eloquent and revelatory interviews of Baldwin’s career, a conversation that ranges widely over such topics as his childhood in Harlem, his close friendship with Miles Davis, his relationship with writers like Toni Morrison and Richard Wright, his years in France, and his ever-incisive thoughts on the history of race relations and the African-American experience.

Also collected here are significant interviews from other moments in Baldwin’s life, including an in-depth interview conducted by Studs Terkel shortly after the publication of Nobody Knows My Name. These interviews showcase, above all, Baldwin’s fearlessness and integrity as a writer, thinker, and individual, as well as the profound struggles he faced along the way.


From the eBook edition.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781612194004
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

James Baldwin

Born in 1924 in New York City, James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, going on to garner acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity.
Other novels included Giovanni's Room, Another Country and Just Above My Head as well as essay works like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time. Having lived in France, he died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul de Vence.

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Praise for James Baldwin The Last Interview and Other Conversations

“Praise for James Baldwin:“Jimmy Baldwin was the creator of contemporary American speech even before Americans could dig that.” —Amiri Baraka“I am completely indebted to Jimmy Baldwin’s prose. It liberated me as a writer.” —Toni Morrison“Baldwin’s way of seeing, his clarity, precision, and eloquence are unique . . . He manages to be concrete, particular . . . yet also transcendent, arching above the immediacy of an occasion or crisis. He speaks as great black gospel music speaks, through metaphor, parable, rhythm.” —USA Today“[Baldwin is] among the most penetrating and perceptive of American thinkers.” —The New RepublicFrom the eBook edition.”


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