James Baldwin, noted for his books on the black experience, has agreed to continue to teach literature at five Massachusetts colleges and universities in a deal that gives him every other year off to write.
Patrick Murphy, director of Five Colleges Inc., announced the deal Saturday at Baldwin's 60th birthday party in Amherst. The Five College system includes the University of Massachusetts and Amherst and Hampshire colleges in Amherst, Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley and Smith College in Northampton. Baldwin, who had been living in France, has been a writer-in-residence at Hampshire College and taught literature for the Five College system for the past year. He is expected to buy a home in the Amherst area.