The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 690 pages
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The works of James Baldwin constitute one of the major contributions to American literature in the twentieth century, and nowhere is this more evident than in The Price of the Ticket, a compendium of nearly fifty years of Baldwin's powerful nonfiction writing. With truth and insight, these personal, prophetic works speak to the heart of the experience of race and identity in the United States. Here are the full texts of Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and The Devil Finds Work, along with dozens of other pieces, ranging from a 1948 review of Raintree Country to a magnificent introduction to this book that, as so many of Mr. Baldwin's works do, combines his intensely private experience with the deepest examination of social interaction between the races. In a way, The Price of the Ticket is an intellectual history of the twentieth-century American experience; in another, it is autobiography of the highest order.
 

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Contents

The Harlem Ghetto
1
Journey to Atlanta
19
Black Meets
35
Many Thousands Gone
65
Stranger in the Village
79
The Male Prison
101
Notes of a Native Son
127
Faulkner and Desegregation
147
The Black Boy Looks at the White
289
The New Lost Generation
305
Color
319
The Fire Next Time
333
Nothing Personal
381
Words of a Native Son
395
White Mans Guilt
409
Negroes Are AntiSemitic Because Theyre
425

A Fly in Buttermilk
161
The Discovery of What It Means
171
The Northern Protestant
195
They Cant Turn Back
215
In Search of a Majority
229
The Dangerous Road Before
245
East River Downtown
263
White Racism or World Community?
435
No Name in the Street
449
A Review of Roots
553
An Open Letter to Mr Carter
637
An Open Letter to the Born Again
653
Notes on the House of Bondage
667
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James Baldwin's celebrated works of fiction include Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Century, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone, If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Above My Head, and the short story collection Going to Meet the Man. He was also the author of a book of poetry, Jimmy's Blues, two dramatic works, Blues for Mister Charlie and The Amen Corner, and many works of nonfiction, including Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, and Notes of a Native Son. Born in Harlem in 1924, he lived for many years in France, where he died in 1987.

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