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James Baldwin’s House in France

A beautiful old villa in the medieval French town of Saint-Paul de Vence faces demolition soon, but there is a strong push to preserve it, namely because its last inhabitant was the influential American writer James Baldwin.

Baldwin moved to the house in 1970 to find a peaceful refuge from the hostility he faced in the U.S. because of his race and homosexuality. From this refuge, amidst palm trees and orange trees, he could see the Alps to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Most importantly, he could do his writing.

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