Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro American Writing-Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal
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Black Fire is a seminal literary resource from the Black Arts Movement. Editors Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal compiled over 180 selections from more than 75 cultural and political leaders, including John Henrik Clarke, Sonia Sanchez and Kwame Ture in this revolutionary anthology. Includes a new Introduction by Baraka.
The importance of this anthology, first published in 1968, lies in its comprehensive content and captures the essence of a movement that was coined by Neal as the aesthetic and spiritual sister of the Black Power concept. Black Fire is considered one of the seminal works of the period; it presents more than 180 selections from 75 writers, considered to be literary thought leaders of the period. The contributor list includes John Henrik Clarke, Sonia Sanchez, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Harold Cruse and Stanley Crouch. In this revised second edition, Baraka provides a new introduction that captures his reflections on the book and the Arts Movement, roughly 40 years after the first publication. The first edition of Black Fire went through at least 8 printings and is priced from $50-$200+ on the secondary/used bookstore market.