Go Tell it on the Mountain
New York: Knopf, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition. Fine in a fine dustjacket, a perfect copy, as sharp as the shards of Narsil. Custom 1/2 morocco chagrin box. FINE / FINE. Item #762
Go Tell it on the Mountain is an enormously great novel written with a nonlinear structure, so though it takes place in one day, it flashes back 70 years. It needs no explanations but we will give you 2 anyway: It is an unparalleled insight (besides other insights) into the religious awakening of a 14–year old youth based on Baldwin’s own experiences as a young storefront preacher in Harlem. And there are indirect ideas too, among them (for just one example) about insecurities, saying that fancied superiority is always insolent because it is always accidental.