The Devil Finds Work

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The Devil Finds Work
First edition cover
Author James Baldwin
Country United States
Language English
Genre Essay
Publisher The Dial Press
Publication date

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 is the first movie Baldwin can 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, In the Heat of the Night and The Defiant Ones.

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  1. ^ Coombs, Orde (May 2, 1976). "The Devil Finds Work". The New York Times Book Review. The New York Times. 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.