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James Baldwin "Little Thinker" Plush Doll

James Baldwin "Little Thinker" Plush Doll

By The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

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Bring home a piece of literary history! Our James Baldwin "Little Thinker" Plush Doll is the perfect way to celebrate the poet, playwright, novelist, and national treasure. With his 11-inch height, Baldwin will make your bookshelf, mantel, or bedside table look cool and cultured. After all, a little Baldwin makes any room a little brighter—and that's something worth smiling about!

The Chrysler's permanent collection includes not one, but two portraits of James Baldwin!

Product Details

  • Product type: Plush Doll
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.0 × 6.0 × 4.0 inches
    (27.9 × 15.2 × 10.2 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 1.0 lb (16.0 oz; 454 g)
  • SKU010010981 | 814229002451

About the Artist, James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) was an influential American author, playwright, and social critic known for his powerful insights into race, sexuality, and identity. Born in Harlem, New York City, Baldwin's works, such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "The Fire Next Time," challenged societal norms and explored themes of self-discovery and the African American experience. He was not only a prolific writer but also a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, fearlessly advocating for justice and equality.

Baldwin's impact extended beyond his literary contributions. A striking portrait of Baldwin by artist Beauford Delaney, now housed in the collection of the Chrysler Museum of Art, captures the essence of his profound intellect and inner strength. This portrait serves as a testament to Baldwin's enduring legacy as a leading voice in the fight against systemic racism and inequality, reminding us of his unwavering commitment to truth and the power of his words.

About The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

The origins of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are shrouded in mystery. Some accounts trace the Guild's birth to Athens in the latter half of the 4th century BCE. Allegedly, several lesser philosophers grew weary of the endless Socratic dialogue endemic in their trade and turned to crafting household implements and playthings. (Hence the assertions that Socrates quaffed his hemlock poison from a Guild-designed chalice, though vigorous debate surrounds the question of whether it was a "disappearing" chalice.)

Others argue that the UPG dates from the High Middle Ages, when the Philosophers Guild entered the world of commerce by selling bawdy pamphlets to pilgrims facing long lines for the restroom. Business boomed until 1211 when Pope Innocent III condemned the publications. Not surprisingly, this led to increased sales, even as half our membership was burned at the stake.

More recently, revisionist historians have pinpointed the birth of the Guild to the time it was still cool to live in New York City's Lower East Side. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people's needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff.

Most of the proceeds go to unemployed philosophers (and their associates). A portion also goes to some groups working on profound causes.

Chrysler Museum Member Discount

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*does not include gift cards, clearance merchandise, or Blackwing pencils.

Thank You for your Support

Your purchase supports the mission and programs of the Chrysler Museum of Art (including the Perry Glass Studio, and the Myers House). We couldn't do what we do without you. Thank you.

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