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James Baldwin was an essayist, playwright and novelist regarded as a highly insightful and iconic writer. With works like The Fire Next Time and Another Country, Baldwin was considered a major voice in the civil rights movement. He was the third black man inducted into The American Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in 2011. The Cathedral’s American Poets Corner is modeled on the Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey. No writers are entombed within the Cathedral, as is sometimes the case at Westminster Abbey; rather, stone tablets are carved with names, dates, and a line from each writer’s work. This link is a short biography from the Academy of American Poets that includes a selected bibliography of his work.
[Published Winter 2020]