The Fire Next Time

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Vintage International, 1963 - History - 106 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Katherine - Goodreads

Written so engagingly, with such openness and sympathy, such fluidity of insight and felicity of expression, that it goes down like water. Then it burns in the gut like a drink you realize was spiked. Read full review

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User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

It baffles me when I come across someone who can pose their argument in so clear and concise a manner as Baldwin does in these two letters. Similar to Giovanni's Room, he conveys so much in a text ... Read full review

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