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The Fire Next Time (Digital Audiobook)

By James Baldwin, Jesse Martin (Narrator)

Publication Date: February 18, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (12/1/1992)
MP3 CD (10/4/2016)


At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

About the Author

James Baldwin (1924–1987) was
educated in New York. His first novel, Go
Tell It on the Mountain
, received excellent reviews and was immediately recognized as establishing a
profound and permanent new voice in American letters. The appearance of The Fire Next Time in 1963, just as the
civil rights movement was exploding across the American South, galvanized the
nation and continues to reverberate as perhaps the most prophetic and defining
statement ever written of the continuing costs of Americans’ refusal to face
their own history. It became a national bestseller, and Baldwin was featured on
the cover of Time. The next year, he
was made a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and
collaborated with the photographer Richard Avedon on Nothing Personal, a series of portraits of America intended as a
eulogy for the slain Medger Evers. His other collaborations include A Rap on Race with Margaret Mead and A Dialogue with the poet-activist Nikki
Giovanni. He also adapted Alex Haley’s The
Autobiography of Malcolm X
into One
Day When I Was Lost
. He was made a commander of the French Legion of Honor
a year before his death, one honor among many he achieved in his life.