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SOUL ON ICE by Eldridge Cleaver. 210 pages. A Ramparts Book. McGraw-Hill. $5.95.

Prisons are traditional finishing schools of writers and revolutionaries. Eldridge Cleaver is a product of both the black ghettos and the California penal system. Convicted of a marijuana charge at 18 and of assault with intent to kill at 22, Cleaver spent most of the twelve years between 1954 and 1966 in Soledad, Folsom, and San Quentin state prisons. And now, at 32, he is a Ramparts staff writer and a "fulltime revolutionary in the struggle for black liberation in...

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