“Be careful what you set your heart upon, for it will surely be yours.”
Born in 1924 in New York, he established his reputation with his first novel "Go tell it on the mountain" (1953), an autobiographical tale of growing up in Harlem. He became one of the leading African-American authors of his generation, known for novels and essays that tackled black-white and hetero-homosexual relationships. He was a noted essayist during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. James Baldwin died of cancer at the age of 63 in France.