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The Best James Baldwin Books 

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Updated June 14, 2019 255 votes 118 voters 8.2k views 20 items

List Rules Vote for the James Baldwin novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best James Baldwin books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that James Baldwin is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. One of the best African-American writers of all time, Baldwin's work often focuses on issues of race and class in Western society. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of James Baldwin who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This list includes Go Tell It on the Mountain, Another Country, and more books. What are James Baldwin's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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Giovanni's Room is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Go Tell It on the Mounta... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Another Country is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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The Fire Next Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Notes of a Native Son is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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If Beale Street Could Ta... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Going to Meet the Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Just Above My Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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No Name in the Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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The Price of the Ticket ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Nobody Knows My Name is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Tell Me How Long the Tra... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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The Devil Finds Work is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Blues for Mister Charlie... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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Little Man Little Man: A... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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A Rap on Race is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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The Amen Corner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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The Cross of Redemption:... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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The Evidence of Things N... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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One day, when I was lost... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best James Baldwin Books
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