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Go Tell It On the Mountain by  James Baldwin - Signed First Edition - 1953 - from Bookbid Rare Books (SKU: 108122)

Go Tell It On the Mountain

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Go Tell It On the Mountain

by Baldwin, James

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Knopf, 1953. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. First Edition stated on the copyright page. Book near fine except for slight fading alond edges and spine, some faint indentation marks on front board, and fading on pastedowns, free end papers and randomly throughout book. Signed by James Baldwin on a bookplate that is laid in but not attached. Dust jacket is very good, with slight chipping on corners and and spine ends, wearing along joints and spine, dark discoloration marks on corners and spine joints, minor creasing on spine, 1/2 inch tear on back jacket flap with minor creasing, fading and discoloration on covers, spine and flaps. Jacket price reads $3.50. Housed in a specially made collector's slipcase.

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
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Bookseller Inventory #
108122
Title
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Author
Baldwin, James
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Knopf
Date published
1953

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