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Go Tell It On the Mountain by  James Baldwin - Signed First Edition - 1953 - from Arundel Books of Seattle (SKU: 00535636)

Go Tell It On the Mountain

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Go Tell It On the Mountain

by Baldwin, James

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Rare first edition signed and inscribed by James Baldwin. First edition, first printing of the author's first book, signed and inscribed at or close to publication (based on his signature and handwriting): "Mama and Rizzy from Jimmy August 31st!" Author's landmark and influential first book, concerning the awakening (spiritual and otherwise) of a young Black man in New York's Harlem. Bound in the original red cloth stamped in gilt, top edge blue (slight hints of fading and wear to cloth; discoloration and some indentation from and old paperslip affecting first twenty-four pages, slight bumping to corners). Includes a fine copy of a facsimile jacket.

Synopsis

Written over a span of ten years, Go Tell it on the Mountain is James Baldwin’s first completed novel. The story follows John Grimes, a bright teen living in Harlem in the 1930s, as he explores relationships with his family and his church. On a basic level, Go Tell it on the Mountain is a coming of age story, yet the novel gains complexity as the omniscient narrator interweaves John’s story with the stories of his mother, father, and aunt. In addition to the Grimes family, a main focus of the text is the function of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans, which Baldwin argues to be a source of moral hypocrisy and repression. And with a title like Go Tell it on the Mountain , it is no surprise that the novel contains has many biblical references throughout. The novel is generally accepted as semi-autobiographical. Like the protagonist, Baldwin grew up in Harlem. Neither had a relationship with their biological fathers and both resented their religious fanatic stepfathers. Also like John, Baldwin underwent a religious awakening as a young adult. Go Tell it on the Mountain is ranked 39th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century and is also listed on TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923). In 1984, ABC produced a made-for-television movie based on the novel. -

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Bookseller
Arundel Books of Seattle US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
00535636
Title
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Author
Baldwin, James
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1953
Keywords
Baldwin, James American Literature 20th Century American Fiction African-American First Book New York City Harlem Facsimile WSX17

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