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Go Tell It on the Mountain by  James Baldwin - First Edition - 1953 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140940051)

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. Very Good/Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's brown cloth stamped in gilt on spine and upper board. Very Good, lacking front free endpaper, light wear to cloth with small stain to bottom edge of rear cover. In a Very Good unclipped dust jacket with fading to the spine, wear and small chips to extremities and several small stains.

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
Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
140940051
Title
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Author
Baldwin, James
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1953
Bookseller catalogs
Literature;

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Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.

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