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"Peace On Earth" in Magpie, Spring 1940
[Bronx]: Dewitt Clinton High School. 1940. Baldwin's first appearance in print, a 4-page story in his high school literary magazine about four friends, three of them black, in a trench at war, waiting to be sent into action. Precedes his first book by 13 years. Baldwin was 15 years old when this story was published, and he was on the staff of Magpie as well as a contributor to it. Also includes several poems and a story by Richard Avedon, who was also on the staff of the magazine. In 1964, Avedon and Baldwin collaborated on a book, Nothing Personal, a volume of social commentary with photographs by Avedon and text by Baldwin. At that point the two had been friends for a quarter century; they both went on to be acclaimed as representing the pinnacle of their respective arts. The New Yorker recently referred to Baldwin as "the American Orwell," citing Baldwin's 1960 essay on "the ugly dynamic between white police officers and young black men in the neighborhood where he grew up" in a "Talk of the Town" piece about recent controversial, and fatal, encounters between police and black youths, using Baldwin's piece to provide a perspective that spans more than half a century. Small chips to yapped edges; very good in stapled wrappers. An early, extremely scarce publication by one of the leading African American writers of the 20th century, and a volume that documents the friendship between Baldwin and Avedon going back to their high school years. First Edition. Softcover.
      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2015-03-30           Check availability:      Biblio    

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