Go Tell It on the Mountain
ISBN: 1627659560
EAN13: 9781627659567
Language: English
Pages: 263
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 7.00" L x 4.00" W
Format: Prebound
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Book Overview
Mountain, Baldwin said, is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else. Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.