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. Main subjects of his writings were mythology, biography, literature. He wrote more than fifty pieces of work. The Inchcape Rock is a short story included in Fifty Famous Stories Retold. Cincinnatus, once a rich and wealthy man, now live on a farm. His wits and wisdom were known among his neighbors, 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.