Transatlantic Commuter

Although he spent the bulk of his life in Europe, Baldwin always considered himself an American writer living as a “transatlantic commuter.” Explore more on the life and legacy of James Baldwin in our digital exhibition, Chez Baldwin.

Baldwin lights a cigarette in Paris
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Baldwin in France

France became Baldwin’s second home, where he experienced both acceptance and rejection, racial equality and racism, and joy and suffering. In France he developed himself as an internationally-renowned writer and public intellectual.Read More