Work in Progress: James Baldwin

July 22, 2020

By Nancy Kuhl

 Work In Progress: Case Study #1

James Baldwin, An Open Letter to My Sister, MIss Angela Davis

READ the published text: An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis, James Baldwin, January 7, 1971 Issue of the New York Review of Books

COMPARE a draft of the text: Typescript draft of An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis by James Baldwin, annotated and corrected by the author (Call Number: JWJ MSS MISC GROUP 4, Folder F-12)

Notice that Baldwin has written “Dear Sister” and the date at the top of the draft. What does that suggest about how this piece took shape?

What other differences do you notice?

Why do you think these changes were made?

What impact do these difference make on the final text?

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