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The Cross of Redemption is a revelation by an American literary master: a gathering of essays, articles, polemics, reviews, and interviews that have never before appeared in book form.


James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century, renowned for his fierce engagement with issues haunting our common history. In The Cross of Redemption we have Baldwin discoursing on, among other subjects, the possibility of an African-American president and what it might mean; the hypocrisy of American religious fundamentalism; the black church in America; the trials and tribulations of black nationalism; anti-Semitism; the blues and boxing; Russian literary masters; and the role of the writer in our society.


Prophetic and bracing, The Cross of Redemption is a welcome and important addition to the works of a cosmopolitan and canonical American writer who still has much to teach us about race, democracy, and personal and national identity. As Michael Ondaatje has remarked, “If van Gogh was our nineteenth-century artist-saint, Baldwin [was] our twentieth-century one.”

About the Author

James Baldwin was born in 1924 and died in 1987. Among his more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction are Giovanni’s Room, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, and The Fire Next Time.


Randall Kenan is the author of, among other books, the novel A Visitation of Spirits and the short story collection Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents



Looking for James Baldwin




Mass Culture and the Creative Artist: Some Personal Notes

A Word from Writer Directly to Reader

From Nationalism, Colonialism, and the United States: One Minute

     to Twelve—A Forum

Theater: The Negro In and Out

Is A Raisin in the Sun a Lemon in the Dark? 

As Much Truth as One Can Bear 

Geraldine Page: Bird of Light 

From What’s the Reason Why?: A Symposium by Best-Selling

     Authors: James Baldwin on Another Country 

The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity 

We Can Change the Country 

Why I Stopped Hating Shakespeare 

The Uses of the Blues 

What Price Freedom? 

The White Problem 

Black Power 

The Price May Be Too High  

The Nigger We Invent  

Speech from the Soledad Rally  

A Challenge to Bicentennial Candidates  

The News from All the Northern Cities Is, to Understate It, Grim;

     the State of the Union Is Catastrophic  

Lorraine Hansberry at the Summit  

On Language, Race, and the Black Writer  

Of the Sorrow Songs: The Cross of Redemption  

Black English: A Dishonest Argument  

This Far and No Further  

On Being White . . . and Other Lies  

Blacks and Jews  

To Crush a Serpent  




The Fight: Patterson vs. Liston  

Sidney Poitier  



Letters from a Journey  

The International War Crimes Tribunal  

Anti-Semitism and Black Power  

An Open Letter to My Sister Angela Y. Davis  

A Letter to Prisoners  

The Fire This Time: Letter to the Bishop  




A Quarter-Century of Un-Americana  

Memoirs of a Bastard Angel: A Fifty-Year Literary and Erotic Odyssey

     by Harold Norse  

The Negro in New York: An Informal Social History, 1626–1940, edited by Roi

     Ottley and William J. Weatherby  

Daddy Was a Number Runner by Louise Meriwether  

A Lonely Rage by Bobby Seale  




Best Short Stories by Maxim Gorky  

Mother by Maxim Gorky 

The Amboy Dukes by Irving Shulman  

The Sure Hand of God by Erskine Caldwell  

The Sling and the Arrow by Stuart Engstrand 

Novels and Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by V. S. Pritchett;

     and Robert Louis Stevenson by David Daiches  

Flood Crest by Hodding Carter 

The Moth by James M. Cain  

The Portable Russian Reader, edited by Bernard Guilbert Guerney  

The Person and the Common Good by Jacques Maritain 

The Negro Newspaper by Vishnu V. Oak; Jim Crow America by Earl

     Conrad; The High Cost of Prejudice by Bucklin Moon; The Protestant

     Church and the Negro by Frank S. Loescher; Color and Conscience by

     Buell G. Gallagher; From Slavery to Freedom by John Hope Franklin;

     and The Negro in America by Arnold Rose  

The Cool World by Warren Miller  

Essays by Seymour Krim  

The Arrangement by Elia Kazan  

A Man’s Life: An Autobiography by Roger Wilkins  




The Death of a Prophet  



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