James Baldwin was the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time, among other books.
Baldwin's 1956 novel, his second, was daring for its time, depicting a young man deep into Paris's second expatriate movement following World War II as he grapples with his sexual identity. He is drawn both to his fianc?e and to a male Italian bartender with whom he begins an affair. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one."--Michael Ondaatje"A young American involved with both a woman and a man...Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candor and yet with such dignity and intensity."--"The New York Times""Absorbing...[with] immediate emotional impact."--"The Washington Post""Mr. Baldwin has taken a very special theme and treated it with great artistry and restraint."--"Saturday Review""Exciting...a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction."--"The Atlantic""Violent, excruciating beauty."--"San Francisco Chronicle"