From School Library Journal
YA Compiled into one volume are James Baldwin's essays from the past three decades. Except for the lead article, "The Price of the Ticket," all have been published before. The selections are arranged in chronological order and include his three book-length essays, "The Fire Next Time," "No Name in the Street" and "The Devil Finds Work." Baldwin's writings on the civil rights movement, his analysis of Richard Wright's Native Son (Harper, 1940) and his thoughts on his childhood experiences are a few of the topics in this volume. Baldwin details his hopes, his joys, his bitterness and his feelings about himself, other blacks and especially white America. The earlier works seem somewhat theatrical and histrionic, his later ones toned down to a more pure and clear style. All of them are brilliant, intense and passionate. For those collections that do not have copies of these previously published works. Pat Royal, Prince George's County Public School System, Md.
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"Together, these essays document the changes and development of intellectual styles and values between the period when they were written for such magazines as New Leader and Partisan Review and the present . . . The Price of the Ticket collects much of the best work of one of our finest living writers."—Sam Cornish, The Christian Science Monitor
"James Baldwin's essays on race in America are enlightening, entertaining and, because of his remarkable prescience, a bit eerie . . . In these 51 pieces all of which appeared in magazines or previous collections, Mr. Baldwin covers a diverse range of subjects. But a theme runs through them all—many of our national ills stem from a retreat from self-knowledge. This country's mistreatment of blacks is the best symbol of the discordance between the American myth and reality, Mr. Baldwin contends."—Salim Muwakkil, The New York Times Book Review
"James Baldwin became a national figure and remained one until his death, two years before which his collected nonfiction, The Price of the Ticket, came out. Anyone wishing to take Baldwin's measure as a man and writer while, incidentally, getting a vivid picture of Harlem during World War II, must begin with this book."—William Corbett, author of New York Literary Lights