Go Tell It on the Mountain.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1953. 8vo, (12), 303, (1, colophon) pp. Original color-printed wrappers, lower cover plain, backstrip faded, a few leaves creased in the outer edge, a remarkably good copy of this fragile survival. First edition, Advance Reading Copy in wrappers. Baldwin objected to the artwork as too stereotypical and a different dustwrapper was used when the first edition was released. Baldwin's first book, a semi-autobiographical novel, it 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. The book was quickly hailed as a major treatment of African American experience and Baldwin was established as the leading black novelist of his generation. A highly desirable cornerstone of any African-American literature collection.
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