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The Blues Impulse in Drama

  Born and raised in Harlem, New York City, Baldwin won a fellowship that enabled him to live in Paris. His first novel, written in Paris, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), established him as a leading black commentator on the condition of African-Americans.  This was followed by Giovanni's Room (1956), Notes of a Native Son (1955) and Nobody Knows My Name (1961). His other works include The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and the novels Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone (1968) and Just Above My Head (1979). His plays include The Amen Corner (1950) and Blues for Mister Charlie (1964). In 1985 a collection of Baldwin's nonfiction, The Price of the Ticket, was published. 

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