Sexuality and shame in James Baldwin's career
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In this chapter, I suggest that shame is intimately bound up with fame in Baldwin's career. Note that in his response to Cleaver, Baldwin states that he felt Cleaverhad used his 'public reputation' against him 'naively and unjustly'. At the same moment that he refuses identification with prison homosexuals, then, Baldwin indirectly acknowledges his status as one of the most famous homosexual writers of the post-World War II perios.