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The Best James Baldwin Books

Updated June 14, 2019 453 votes 122 voters 8.4k views20 items

List RulesVote 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 Room1
    112
    14

    Giovanni's Room

    James Baldwin

    First Published1956

    SubjectsHomosexuality, Love

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Notes of a Native Son2
    44
    14

    First Published1955

    SubjectsDemographics of the United States, African American, United States of America, History of the United States

    Genres (Book)Essay

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Go Tell It on the Mountain3

    First Published1953

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    More Go Tell It on the Mountain 

    #63 of 156 The Greatest American Novels#9 of 41 The Best Autobiographical Novels

  • The Fire Next Time4
    23
    5

    The Fire Next Time

    James Baldwin

    First Published1963

    SubjectsDemographics of the United States, African American, Black Muslims, United States of America, History of the United States

    Genres (Book)Essay, Fiction, Sociology

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Just Above My Head5
    18
    7

    Just Above My Head

    James Baldwin

    First Published1979

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • If Beale Street Could Talk6

    First Published1974-06-17

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Another Country7
    22
    17

    Another Country

    James Baldwin

    First Published1962

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Going to Meet the Man8
    11
    4

    First Published1965

    Genres (Book)Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Nobody Knows My Name9
    10
    4

    First Published1961

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction, Essay

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone10

    First Published1968

    SubjectsHeart

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Blues for Mister Charlie11

    First Published1964

    SubjectsDrama, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Play

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • A Rap on Race12
    2
    2

    A Rap on Race

    Margaret Mead, James Baldwin

    First Published1971

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Devil Finds Work13
    2
    2

    First Published1976

    SubjectsPerforming arts, Film

    Genres (Book)Essay

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Price of the Ticket14

    First Published1985

    SubjectsAmerican literature

    Genres (Book)Essay

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Little Man Little Man: A Story of Childhood15

    First Published1976

    Genres (Book)Novella, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings16

    First Published2010-08-24

    SubjectsCultural studies, Writing, Politics, Publishing, Personal identity

    Original LanguageAmerican English

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  • No Name in the Street17
    6
    7

    First Published1972

    SubjectsDemographics of the United States, African American, United States of America, History of the United States, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Essay

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • One day, when I was lost18
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  • The Amen Corner19
    0
    2

    The Amen Corner

    James Baldwin

    First Published1954

    SubjectsDrama

    Genres (Book)Play

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Evidence of Things Not Seen20

    First Published1985

    SubjectsSocial science, Criminology

    Genres (Book)Essay

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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