Go Tell It on the Mountain (Paperback)

Author: Baldwin, James

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James Baldwin's stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, starkly contrasting the attitudes of two generations of an embattles family, "Go Tell It On The Mountain is an unsurpassed portrayal of human beings caught up in a dramatic struggle and of a society confronting inevitable change.
"The most important novel written about the American Negro," says "Commentary. "It is written with poetic intensity and great narrative skill," writes "Harper's. "Saturday Review praises it as "masterful," and the "San Francisco Chronicle declares that this important American novel is "brutal, objective and compassionate."

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780440330073
SKU 30067430
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0440330076
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
James Baldwin
James Baldwin was born to an unwed mother who eventually married David Baldwin, an embittered New Orleans preacher; he became the model for Gabriel Grimes in GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN. James cared for his seven siblings, which may have protected him from the realities of the Harlem streets of the 1930s. Instead of hanging out on the streets, James read: everything from Harriet Beecher Stowe's UNCLE TOM'S CABIN to Charles Dickens and Horatio Alger. Because of his keen intelligence, he found himself the target of bullying at school, but it also gave him a direction. He joined Countee Cullen's literary club, became the editor of the school's newspaper, and managed to go to De Witt Clinton High School, where he was exposed to stimulating ideas. Upon graduation, Baldwin took a job to help support his family. Deciding to become a writer, he moved from Harlem to Greenwich Village. There he met the author Richard Wright, who awarded him a fellowship. In 1948, Baldwin left America for Paris, where race was less important and where he felt more free to express himself fully. James Baldwin eventually wrote 15 books and co-authored four others, but at the early rejections of his first novel devastated him and started him off on a lifetime of heavy drinking. The strain of being both black and homosexual in a world dominated by white heterosexuals led Baldwin to spend much of his time in Paris, where he lived a penniless bohemian life for years until his books became successful. He became friends with Truman Capote, Saul Bellow, and Jean Genet, though a rift developed in his friendship with Richard Wright and he began a rivalry with Norman Mailer. Deeply committed to the cause of civil rights, Baldwin settled permanently in France in 1970. His works profoundly altered the social and literary consciousness of America. He was the recipient of a Partisan Review fellowship, a National Institute of Arts and Letters award, and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Praise
"[A]n electrifying study of faith and apostasy, in which the ecstasy of God's love conflicts with the horror of His wrath."
From the Publisher
Annotation A young black man in Harlem begins to confront the legacy of anger and guilt he has inherited from his family. The story also explores the ways in which racial oppression has shaped the life of the family and the ways in which they try to use religion to establish order amid the chaos created by racism and sex. James Baldwin's first major novel is based loosely on his own background.
First Line Everyone had always said that John would be a preacher when he grew up, just like his father.
Editors Note James Baldwins stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, starkly contrasting the attitudes of two generations of an embattles family, Go Tell It On The Mountain is an unsurpassed portrayal of human beings caught up in a dramatic struggle and of a society confronting inevitable change. "The most important novel written about the American Negro," says Commentary. "It is written with poetic intensity and great narrative skill," writes Harper's. Saturday Review praises it as "masterful," and the San Francisco Chronicle declares that this important American novel is "brutal, objective and compassionate."
Editors Note 3 James Baldwin's portrayal of black people in Harlem caught up in a dramatic struggle, and of a society confronting inevitable change.
Product Attributes
Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0224
Publisher Laurel Press
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