James Baldwin: The FBI File

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About the Author
William J. Maxwell is professor of English and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of the widely acclaimed F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, winner of a 2016 American Book Award, and New Negro, Old Left: African American Writing and Communism between the Wars. He is also the creator and curator of the "F.B. Eyes Digital Archive," which presents high-resolution copies of the FBI files of African American authors obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. He lives with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.
"This compendium offers an unquestionably unique look into the life of one of America's most esteemed thinkers, whose work has seen a resurgence as a centerpiece of the Black Lives Matter movement."--Publishers Weekly

"Maxwell presents the actual documentation in chronological order, using brief discussions to provide valuable context . . . He adeptly curates the strange hoard of documentation, but the primary sources will be most appreciated by completists. An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."--Kirkus

"Disturbing, inspiring, and eye-opening . . . an enlightening and outrageous portrait of the FBI's harassing surveillance of a brilliant 20th-century writer and activist."--Shelf Awareness

"Maxwell should be congratulated . . . James Baldwin: The FBI File is exciting and humorous in all the right and wrong historical ways."--Atlanta Black Star

"Baldwin's FBI file [is] a valuable biographical, social and at times literary critical document. . . . Maxwell offers wry and often witty interpretation of the documents. . . . [His] work is intended to show that Black Writers Matter--or that they used to, especially during the period in which Hoover held office as Director of the FBI."--Times Literary Supplement