The Fire Next Time—1964 Dell Printing


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.

One of the New York Public Library’s “Books of the Century.”
First Edition Dell Printing | 1964 | Dell Books 2542 | Cover price 50 cents | Gently worn
(Page edges tinted green. Spine is uncreased, square and unmarked. Minor wear to front and back wraps.)