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Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin (1924-1987) - First Edition - from Ian Brabner, Rare Americana, LLC (SKU: 3728240)

Go Tell It On the Mountain

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Go Tell It On the Mountain

by James Baldwin (1924-1987)

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New York: Knopf, 1953. 303, [1]pp. First edition. Publisher's cloth; without pictorial dust jacket. Two prominent, gently-rubbed stray marks to front cover; gilt lettering dulled, else considered a very good copy. Internally, clean with no markings, whatsoever. First edition of Baldwin's first book, a mid-century American literature classic story of a fourteen-year-old city boy's spiritual, sexual, and moral awakening. Told partly through flashbacks to an earlier American South and his slave grandmother.

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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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Ian Brabner, Rare Americana, LLC US (US)
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Title
Go Tell It On the Mountain
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James Baldwin (1924-1987)
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About Ian Brabner, Rare Americana, LLC

Ian Brabner, Rare Americana, LLC specializes in Rare Americana: unique or rare printed and manuscript material from the 18th to the early 20th Century documenting America's cultural, social, and political history.We keep a small diverse inventory of antiquarian and rare books, historical manuscripts, letters and correspondence, journals, diaries, and business archives, graphics and original art, and photography.

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