The Fire Next Time


Sounds a clarion warning to the world.

ISBN: 9780140182750 Author: Tester, Baldwin Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 25th January 1990 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 814.54 (edition:22) Pages: 89 Language: English Readership: College - higher education / Code: F Category: Subject:

‘A seminal meditation on race by one of our greatest writers’ Barack Obama

‘We, the black and the white, deeply need each other here if we are really to become a nation’

James Baldwin’s impassioned plea to ‘end the racial nightmare’ in America was a bestseller when it appeared in 1963, galvanising a nation and giving voice to the emerging civil rights movement. Told in the form of two intensely personal ‘letters’, The Fire Next Time is at once a powerful evocation of Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and an excoriating condemnation of the terrible legacy of racial injustice.

‘Sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle … all presented in searing, brilliant prose’ The New York Times Book Review

‘Baldwin writes with great passion … it reeks of truth, as the ghettoes of New York and London, Chicago and Manchester reek of our hypocrisy’ Sunday Times

‘The great poet-prophet of the civil rights movement … his seminal work’ Guardian