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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN - ADVANCE COPY

by Baldwin, James

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953. First Edition. Octavo (20cm); illustrated wrappers; [x],303,[5]pp. Light wear to spine ends and extremities, with a tiny tear to left edge of rear wrapper; very Near Fine, housed in a custom clamshell case. The author's debut novel, a semi-autobiographical work examining the role of the Pentecostal church in the lives of African Americans, both as a source of repression and inspiration. On a more subtle level, the novel examines racial injustice in the United States, and explores some homosexual themes. The artwork on the advance copies was commissioned by Knopf for the dustjacket, though when Baldwin saw it, he disliked it and insisted they re-design it for the first edition. An uncommon, fragile format of Baldwin's most enduring work.

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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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Captain Ahab's Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
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Title
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN - ADVANCE COPY
Author
Baldwin, James
Book condition
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Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1953

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