• The best of his work ... stands comparison with any of its period to come out of the United States

    The Times
  • This is the work of a born storyteller at the height of his powers

    Edmund White, Washington Post
  • If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one

    Michael Ondaatje
  • Baldwin is one of the few genuinely indispensable American writers

    Saturday Review

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