Quote of the Day: James Baldwin’s “Another Country” (1962)

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Widely praised in the 1960’s in the United States as a “great negro writer”. As Edmund Wilson of the New York Times wrote, “He is not only one of the best Negro writers that we ever had in this country, he is one of the best writers that we have.”

“Another Country”, written in 1962, deals with racially charged New York City (particularly The Village) with explicit sexuality, homosexuality, bi-sexuality and extramarital affairs. A man ahead of his times so I am in agreement with what Mr. Wilson said above.

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Baldwin died in 1987 in a town in France I visited last year St. Paul de Vence.

In the novel “Another Country” Baldwin wrote;

“ Policemen were neither friends nor enemies; they were part of the landscape, present for the purpose of upholding law and order: and if a policeman-for she had never thought of them as being very bright-seemed to forget his place, it was easy enough to make him remember it. Easy enough if one own’s place was more secure than his, and if one represented, or could bring to bear, a power greater than his own. For all policemen were bright enough to know who they were working for and they were not working, anywhere in the world, for the powerless.”

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