Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin


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.

Paperback, 96pp
Penguin Books, 1990 (1963)
ISBN 9780140182750