James Baldwin’s Longtime Home in Southern France Faces Demolition

Here’s something I’d buy if I won the lottery. Pleasepleaseplease don’t let this happen, Universe! 




“Parts of the vacant house on the Chemin du Pilon have already been destroyed orfallen to shambles, but not the core writing room. Once Baldwin’s younger brother David died, the property reverted to the heirs of his friend and former landlady Jeanne Fauré. The property has subsequently been acquired by a real estate developer who plans to demolish what’s left of the house, subdivide the land, and build luxury villas. In Le Monde, Jake Lamar — the author of Brothers in Exile, a play about Baldwin, Richard Wright, andChester Himes in Paris in the 1950s — posits to Chatterton Williams that Baldwin’s home, if saved, could become an important place of cultural pilgrimage and host a writers’ residency.”

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