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Go Tell It on the Mountain.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953.

Price: $5,000.00

About the item

First edition, in the scarce original dust jacket. 1 vols. 8vo. Rust cloth, stamped in gilt on cover and spine; light sunning to top edge; illustrated color dust jacket; chipped at head and tail of spine, with some shelf wear to edges and corners.

Item #367823

This semi-autobiographical novel was Baldwin's first published novel, the result of many years of work — as well as a prior unsuccessful contract with Harper & Brothers — before Alfred A. Knopf took the manuscript on in 1952. Baldwin spent several months in New York working on the final draft, and after submitting it, returned to his home in Paris. Considered a seminal account of the impact of the Great Migration on Harlem during the 1920s and '30s, the book also delves into the influence of religion on the residents of the neighborhood, and it established Baldwin as a bright, new literary voice. Widely praised upon publication, the novel remains no less significant today, and has been named to numerous top 20th-century literature lists.