James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable if unnameable tensions. Some Baldwin essays are book-length, for instance The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976).
"Damon and Pythias" is a famous short story by James Arthur Baldwin. The story is about two friends, whose names are Damon and Pythias. Once Pythias has done something that the tyrant Dionysius did not like. And he sends him to prison and wants to kill him. Pythias is far away and wants to see his parents. Instead of him Dionysius sends Damon to prison and says that if Pythias does not come back, Damon will be killed! Would Pythias return to prison? Read this interesting story in order to know the end!