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7 February 1991
Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin 
by James Campbell.
Faber, 306 pp., £14.99, January 1991, 0 571 15391 7
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James Baldwin: Artist on Fire 
by W.J. Weatherby.
Joseph, 412 pp., £17.99, June 1990, 0 7181 3403 6
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... children on the sidewalks or in the gutters hanging from fire-escapes ...’ Both Campbell and Weatherby point out that Baldwin, the erstwhile boy-preacher in Harlem, never left the Church, but what Baldwin himself says, with characteristic lucidity, is that he never left the excitement of the Harlem Church, the buzz of hope and despair rather than the ...

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