Races: The Rainbow Sign

James Baldwin, 38, has brown skin, black hatreds, and a brilliant literary style. In his novels (Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Country) and essays, Baldwin has written of things he knows well: his native Harlem, homosexuality, France (where he has lived as a sometime self-exile, supported partly by U.S. foundation grants)—and what he considers the all but hopeless estrangement between the American Negro and white man.

Soon to be published by Dial Press is another Baldwin book, based mostly on a 20,000-word New Yorker essay. It shows Baldwin as the most bitterly eloquent voice of the...

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