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Happy 88th birthday, James Baldwin. Baldwin (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, and one of America’s foremost writers. His essays explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-twentieth-century America. As an openly gay man, he became increasingly outspoken in condemning discrimination against lesbian and gay people. Notes of a Native Son, his first nonfiction collection of essays, will be re-released on November 20 and will be available in ebook format for the first time!

Happy 88th birthday, James Baldwin. Baldwin (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, and one of America’s foremost writers. His essays explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-twentieth-century America. As an openly gay man, he became increasingly outspoken in condemning discrimination against lesbian and gay people. Notes of a Native Son, his first nonfiction collection of essays, will be re-released on November 20 and will be available in ebook format for the first time!

On April 27, 1882, the influential essayist, lecturer, and social reformer Ralph Waldo Emerson passed away. Nicknamed “the Concord Sage,” Emerson was a founding member of the Transcendentalism Movement and championed the free individual in a turbulent society. His masterful essay Nature and other essential writings are collected in The Spiritual Emerson.As a public intellectual in the mid-19th century, Emerson wrote numerous political essays and his best were collected in The Political Emerson.

On April 27, 1882, the influential essayist, lecturer, and social reformer Ralph Waldo Emerson passed away. Nicknamed “the Concord Sage,” Emerson was a founding member of the Transcendentalism Movement and championed the free individual in a turbulent society. His masterful essay Nature and other essential writings are collected in The Spiritual Emerson.As a public intellectual in the mid-19th century, Emerson wrote numerous political essays and his best were collected in The Political Emerson.

A first look at the cover for the new edition of James Baldwin’s classic essay collection, Notes of a Native Son, coming out November 2012!