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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN. by  James Baldwin - First Edition - 1953 - from Dan Wyman Books (SKU: 34766)

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. Hardcover. Rare, nj1, black1, gay1 , 211 . First Edition. Octavo, original reddish-brown cloth stamped in gold in the dust jacket, [xii], 304 pages. The author's first book, an autobiographical novel based on his teenage years as a revivalist preacher in Harlem. The book examines the role of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans, both as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy and as a source of inspiration and community. It also, more subtly, examines racism in the United States and touches on gay and bisexual themes that would be more prominent in his later works.   Upon publication it was immediately hailed as a major treatment of black life in America and established Baldwin as the leading black novelist of his generation.  The rear panel of the dust jacket includes blurbs by Ralph Ellison, Selden Rodman, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others. Dustjacket art is by John O'Hara Cosgrave II. Musty, otherwise Very Good Condition, in the scarce jacket. The jacket shows edgewear and a 1 x ½” chip to the top of the front panel as well as invisible repairs to the rear. The spine is sunned but the front panel illustration remains strong. Very Good in Good jacket. (kh-2-3) .

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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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Dan Wyman Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
34766
Title
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN.
Author
Baldwin, James
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Date published
1953
Keywords
Rare, nj1, black1, gay1 , 211, African-american, Afro-american Ghetto, Christianity Gay, Homosexuality Queer, Literature Fiction, First Edition Rare

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