The Devil Finds Work

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The Devil Finds Work
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AuthorJames Baldwin
CountryUnited States
PublisherThe Dial Press
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The Devil Finds Work is a book-length essay by writer James Baldwin.[1] Published in 1976, it is both a memoir of his experiences watching movies and a critique of the racial politics of American cinema.[2]


The book opens with a discussion of a Joan Crawford film, which was the first movie Baldwin could remember seeing, and ends with a discussion of The Exorcist, which came out in 1973. Among the other movies discussed are Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), In the Heat of the Night (1967) and The Defiant Ones (1958).

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  1. ^ Coombs, Orde (May 2, 1976). "The Devil Finds Work". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  2. ^ Berlatsky, Noah (April 2, 2014). "The Most Powerful Piece of Film Criticism Ever Written". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 31, 2016.