By ELIAH TAPIA, age 10

PHOTO: Allan Warren/Wikimedia Commons
PHOTO: Allan Warren/Wikimedia Commons

  1. I was born on August 2, 1924, in Harlem, New York City, as the grandson of a slave.
  2. I was an African-American essayist, playwright and novelist.
  3. I went to DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, but I couldn’t attend college because I had to take care of my nine siblings.
  4. By the time I was 14 years old, I became interested in writing and was spending most of my time in the library.
  5. I followed my stepfather’s footsteps and became a preacher during my teen years. That is what started me on the road to becoming a writer.
  6. When I was 18, I had to leave home and get a job with the New Jersey Railroad.
  7. In 1948, at the age of 24, I left for Paris, wanting to get away so I could write about the United States with some distance.
  8. I went to a small village in Switzerland to finish my first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain. It was a memoir about growing up in Harlem. It was published in 1963.
  9. Over the next 10 years I moved from Paris to New York to Istanbul, writing about what were then considered taboo themes—like homosexuality and interracial relationships. Nobody Knows My Name (a collection of essays) and Another Country (a novel) became my best sellers.
  10. When I died on December 1, 1987, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, I had become an important spokesperson for equality.

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Answer: James Baldwin