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London: Michael Joseph, 1963. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. This is the uncorrected proof of the first British edition. A very good copy in gray wrappers. Uneven cement wrinkles on the spine and some wrinkling to the front cover. Light edgewear. Bound in publisher's gray wraps printed in blue, with rubber date stamp and price written in ink on front cover. Considered by some to be the most influential book on race relations in the 1960s. Upon its publication 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation The Fire Next Time was praised "as one of (James) Baldwin's most important collection of essays..his prose with its apocalyptic tone...and its passionate yet distanced sense of advocacy sounded a warning and a hope about race in America." The 120-page book contains two essays that previously appeared in The New Yorker (Down at The Cross) and The Progressive (My Dungeon Shook).