For a new blog series celebrating the life of James Baldwin in Saint-Paul de Vence, we are soliciting submissions of articles, book excerpts and personal essays that address the elder Baldwin, from the years 1970 to 1987. We are particularly interested in writing that explores his life in the south of France and the accumulated impact on his work of a lifetime living abroad. We're interested in understanding more about how his writing was received back home in the United States, the country he fled to save his own life, not to return except for visits.
Saint Paul de Vence was the place Baldwin called home. What did this choice mean for him and how did it impact his work? What can we learn today from his experiences as not just an American writer but a global intellectual?
We kick off this new series in March with an excerpt from Me and My House: James Baldwin's last decade in France by Magdalena Zaborowska (Duke University Press, 2018)
Submissions should be fewer than 5,000 words. We are happy to consider previously published work as long as permissions are granted. Please send your work as a pdf attachment to Shannon Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover note and bio.