The Fire Next Time

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The Fire Next Time
Paperback. Published by Vintage. 128 pages.
This novel served as Zoe Leonard's inspriation for the Whitney's 2018 exhibition Zoe Leonard: Survey, organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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.
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Paperback. Published by Vintage. 128 pages.