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Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
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In this tender, angry 1968 novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters- a man struggling to become himself.

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Born in Harlem in 1924, James Baldwin was a novelist, essayist, play-wright, poet, social critic, and the author of more than twenty books. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay col-lection The Fire Next Time was a bestseller that made him an influential figure in the civil rights movement. Baldwin spent many years in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in 1987.

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Truth-telling, witness bearing, soul stirring writing -- Cornel West
The emotion surrounding family attachment... is deeply felt and is one of the reasons he continues to be read with such intensity -- Colm Toibin
Timeless . . . a visionary writer * Guardian *
A jazzlike reconfiguration of Baldwin's own life, with existing parts examined and rearranged and new parts added -- Clifford Thompson * LA Review of Books *
One of the few essential novelists of our time * New Statesman *

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