The Fire Next Time

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The Fire Next Time

Paperback – December 1, 1992

 

The powerful evocation of a childhood in Harlem that helped to galvanize the early days of the civil rights movement examines the deep consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic. Reissue. 20,000 first printing.

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.

Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (December 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067974472X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679744726
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces