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November 11, 2012

James Baldwin, Mountains

James Baldwin (1924 – 1987)

On this day in 1948 twenty-five-year-old James Baldwin left the United States on a one-way plane ticket to Paris. When he returned three-and-a-half years later — not for long — it was with the manuscript of Go Tell It on the Mountain, perhaps his most famous book. It was certainly the book which, he said later, made not only fame but mental health possible: “Mountain is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.”

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