Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Literary Circle / Free admission
"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Indeed, Go Tell It on The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a semi-autobiographical novel that has since firmly 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 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.
Time included Go Tell It on the Mountain on its list of “The 100 Best English-Language Novels from 1923 to 2005”.
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