James Baldwin. Living in Fire. By Bill V. Mullen
'A truly fresh, exciting, comprehensive biography that richly appreciates Baldwin's profound relevance both historically and in this moment' - Michele Elam, William Robertson Coe Professor, Stanford University, editor of 'The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin' (Cambridge University Press, 2015); author of 'Race, Work and Desire in American Literature 1860-1930' (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
In the first major biography of Baldwin in more than a decade, Bill V. Mullen celebrates the personal and political life of the great African-American writer who changed the face of Western politics and culture.
As a lifelong anti-imperialist, black queer advocate, and feminist, Baldwin (1924- 1987) was a passionate chronicler of the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. war against Vietnam, Palestinian liberation struggle, and the rise of LGBTQ rights.
Mullen explores how Baldwin's life and work channel the long history of African- American freedom struggles, and explains how Baldwin both predicted and has become a symbol of the global Black Lives Matter movement.
Bill V. Mullen is Professor of American Studies at Purdue University. He is co- editor with Ashley Dawson of Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities (Haymarket, 2015). He is the author of W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line (Pluto Press, 2016).