James Baldwin in 1958, photo: Mottke Weissman. "At his peak he had the beautiful fervor of Camus or Kafka. Like them he revealed to me the core of his soul's savage distress and thus helped me shape and define my own work and its moral contours. This would be the most appropriate gift imaginable to the grandson of a slave owner from a slave's grandson." --William Styron, 1987, after Baldwin's death.