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SOUL ON ICE Winner of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Prize 'iifter 1 returned to prison, I took a long loo.k at myself and,jor the first time in my life, admitted that 1 was wrong, that 1 had gone astray-astray not so muchfiom the white man's law asjrom being human, civilized. . . . My pride as a man dissolved and my whole fragile moral structure seemed to collapse, complete!J shattered. That is why 1 started to write. To save myself" -ELDRIDGE CLEAVER in Soul on lee "Unsparing, unaccommodating, tough and lyrical by turns . . . painful, aggressive and undaunted, Soul on lee is a book for which we have to make room." -The New Republic "This collection of letters, essays, and dramatic monologues does what good books have always done: it presents a new stirring of experience that causes hidden sediment to rise to where we can all see it. . .. Minds like Cleaver's are sorely needed, minds that can fashion a literature which does not flaunt its culture but creates it." -The NewYork Review if Books "In the sixties, Cleaver became an almost mythical figure for thousands of young blacks and whites; but today, I believe, he is an authentic hero." -BAYARD RusTIN Please turn the pagefor more extraordinary acclaim. "Soul on Ice is a book full of pain ... a dramatic and troubled book, written by a tormented black man in search of sanity.... Taken all together, this book is a black man's spiritual odyssey away from hate and crime towards under- standing and 'convalescence.' " -Media and Methods "A series of mach:ine-gun blasts that capture the mood of the black militants." -The New Leader "An original and disturbing report .... The final essays on masculinity and mass entertainment in America and the sex drives there, are original and often quite funny. Cleaver can be a mature, perhaps even a great writer." -Saturday Review "Cleaver is not simply a zealot or reactionary, but an indi- vidual who has experienced pain, injustice, and asks the philosophic question, 'what is being?' He moves through Soul on lee with a hunger to reaffirm his existence, some- times in ,-nger, sometimes with abundant pride, but the need is there to speak out, to comment, to seek truth." -Best Sellers ELDRIDGE CLEAVER r• Delta Trade Paperback• lr.rJj ~ ~nr. ~): _:\~t;.~~-~r B{c\wl.~~w, \ihllar;a 47405 A Delta Book Published by Dell Publishing a division of Random House, Inc. 1540 Broadway NewYork, NewYork 10036 Copyright© 1968, 1991 by Eldridge Cleaver Copyright © Preface 1992 by Ishmael Reed All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any' form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Publisher, except where permitted by law. For infor- mation address: McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, NewYork. The trademark Delta® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. ISBN: 0-385-33379-X Reprinted by arrangement with McGraw-Hill, Inc. Manufactured in the United States of America Published simultaneously in Canada January 1999 2019181716151413 12 ACKNOWLEDGMENT is made to the following sources for permission to quote from material already published: The Dead Lecr.urer by Le~oi Jones. Copyright © 1964 by LeRoi Jones. Re- printed by permission of The Sterling Lord Agency. The Natural Superiority of Women by Ashley Montagu. Reprinted with permission of The Macmillan Company. Copyright © 19 53 by Ashley Montagu. "My Negro Problem~And Ours," Commentary by Norman Podhoreu. Permis- sion the author, copyright© February, 1963, by Norman Podhoretz. Commentary, from a letter by Irving Louis Horowitz. Reprinted by permission of Commentary. Copyright© June, 1963, by the American Jewish Committee. The Presidential Papers by Norman Mailer. Reprinted by permission G. P. Put- nam's Sons. Copyright© 1963 by Norman Mailer. The Fire NeJCt Time by James Baldwin. Reprinted with permission of The Dial Press, Inc. Copyright© 1963, 1962 by James Baldwin. On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Copyright © 1955, 1957 by Jack Kerouac. Reprinted by permission of The Viking Press, Inc. " 'Christ' and His Teachings" was first" published in Esquire. To Beverly, with whom I share the ultimate oflove )i Of all the beautiful people who have been so helpful in getting these writings into print, I'd like to thank especially Edward M. Keating, creator of Ramparts Magazine, who was the first pro- fessional to pay any attention to my writings; Maxwell Geismar, whose criticism has helped me gain a degree of control over my materials; and David Welsh, for his invaluable assistance as an editor.

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