James Baldwin (1841 – 1925) was born in United States, in Indiana. For eighteen years he served as the superintendent of Indiana's school system. Afterwards he went on to become a well-known and widely published textbook editor and children's author. Among the others, main subjects of his writings were legends, mythology, biography, literature. He wrote more than fifty pieces of work, the most famous of which include Fifty Famous Stories Retold (1896) and Abraham Lincoln, a True Life (1904).
The Inchcape Rock is a short story included in Fifty Famous Stories Retold. Cincinnatus, once a rich and wealthy man, now live on farm is the outskirts of Rome. His wits and wisdom were known among his neighbor, often seeking his council. One sunny day folks learned of a barbarian horde, coming down from the mountains to cease Rome. They knew what to do without wrecking their heads. Go and tell Cincinnatus. He will help.