The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
- Voted #71 of the Top 100 Books of the 20th Century
- 2 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Selected for 2 Book Clubs’s Reading Lists
- Honored by the National Book Awards in 1964
- A QBR 100 Essential Black Book
Publication Date: Dec 01, 1992
List Price: $13.00 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 128
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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.