Yale University Acquires Letters of Author James Baldwin

james baldwinThe Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University has acquired a collection of letters authored by African American author James Baldwin. The library also acquired a draft of his third novel, Another Country, that has handwritten notations by Baldwin.

There are about 100 letters in the collection. The letters are correspondence between Baldwin and his friends Mary Painter and Eugene Lerner and to his assistant and biographer David Leeming. The letters span the time period between 1954 and 1977.

The new letters complement the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s other Baldwin collections which include his artwork and personal papers as well as an early draft of his novel Go Tell It on the Mountain.

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