James Baldwin’s Life on the Left: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young New York Intellectual

@article{Field2011JamesBL,
  title={James Baldwin’s Life on the Left: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young New York Intellectual},
  author={D. Field},
  journal={ELH},
  year={2011},
  volume={78},
  pages={833 - 862}
}
Towards the end of his life James Baldwin stated that his “Life on the Left is of absolutely no interest.” Despite--and indeed because of Baldwin’s claims--critics have largely overlooked his early associations with the New York Intellectuals and his membership of the Young People’s Socialist League. I trace Baldwin’s early--and for the most part uncollected--reviews in magazines including Commentary and New Leader in order to explore how his work of the late 1940s reflects his interest in… Expand