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Go Tell It On The Mountain

by Baldwin, James

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London: Michael Joseph, 1954. Author's first novel, partly autobiographical. Dust jacket in fair condition, corners and spine ends chipped with small loss to head, closed tear to foot of spine 2cms, spine edge and rear cover rubbed in places, boards clean and tidy, foxing to endpapers, ex-libris plate to fep, some feint pencil lines to margins otherwise pp clean and text clear to read, binding sound.. First Edition, 3rd Impression. Hard. Very Good/Fair. 8vo.

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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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Bookseller Inventory #
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Title
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Author
Baldwin, James
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
Fair
Edition
First Edition, 3rd Impression
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Michael Joseph
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1954
Bookseller catalogs
Fiction;
Size
8vo

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