With the publication of The Price of the Ticket, James Baldwin presents the work on which he wants to be judged and by which he would like to be remembered. The volume contains fifty-one essays, twenty-five of them previously uncollected. The remaining twenty-six represent the entire contents of five previously published books: The Devil Finds Work, No Name in the Street, Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, and The Fire Next Time.
Arranged chronologically from February 1948 to January 1985, the essays are overpowering in their intensity and brilliance. Particularly in the essays from 1948 to The Fire Next Time (1963), Baldwin reveals himself to be a tremendously eloquent humanist.
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