Commentaries on Race and Identity in the US : James Baldwin – The Price of The Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985

James Baldwin has been described as a genius by many of the literary and cultural critics of his time.

The Price of the Ticket, a compendium of nearly fifty years of Baldwin’s powerful nonfiction writing. With truth and insight, these personal, prophetic works speak to the heart of the experience of race and identity in the U.S. 


The Price of the Ticket is a collection of James Baldwin’s writing that was published in 1985. It is a collection of essays spanning the years from 1948 to 1985. These are Baldwin’s commentaries on race in America.

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The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985 by James Baldwin. 1985.
704 pages
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The Price of the Ticket is a 1989 biographical film by director Karen Thorsen


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price ticket quays paris seineJames Baldwin walking along the Seine in Paris

Also read Baldwin’s classic work, The Fire Next Time : 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. Described by The New York Times Book Review as “sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose,” The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature. –

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