Ch 2: The Works of James Baldwin

About This Chapter

James Baldwin was a prolific writer of both fiction and nonfiction, and he tackled themes such as race relations, racism, masculinity, and sexuality in his writing. This chapter will give you a thorough understanding of many of his most important works.

The Works of James Baldwin Chapter Summary

This chapter contains detailed summaries, analyses, discussions of themes, and other information necessary to understanding and appreciating Baldwin's writing. Chapter topics include:

  • Baldwin's second novel, Giovanni's Room
  • Baldwin's fourth novel, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
  • The Devil Finds Work, Baldwin's book-length essay
  • Baldwin's collection of essays, Nobody Knows My Name
  • One Day, When I Was Lost, Baldwin's screenplay about Malcolm X
  • I Am Not Your Negro, the 2016 documentary based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript

Every lesson in the chapter is designed to deepen your insight into Baldwin's work and the themes he engaged with as a writer. For other courses about Baldwin, and African-American writers in general, check out the list below.

How to Use this Chapter

Each lesson is taught by an expert in writing and literature, and can be stopped and started whenever is convenient, giving you control over how you study. There are also self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson, so you can test how well you have retained the lesson material.

This chapter can be used to supplement other courses and chapters about Baldwin's works. In addition, if you would like to learn about other African-American writers and their works, has many other courses. Here are some relevant courses:

To find other courses and chapters on African-American literature, use the search bar or look under the American Literature category.

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