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BALDWIN, JAMES
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN (INSCRIBED)
New York: Knopf, 1953. First edition stated. A very good copy in the publisher's original red cloth with a gilt reproduction of the author's signature on the front panel and with faded spine lettering and blue topstain. There is light rubbing throughout and slight loosening to the front board. A perfect facsimile of the dustwrapper is provided in lieu of the original. The book was owned by Baldwin's friend, Harding "Pete" LeMay, a Knopf editor, well-known author and playwright, and two-time Emmy Winner for his writing of the well-known radio operas, Guiding Light and Another World. Baldwin has written on the dedication page: "For Pete and Dorothy LeMay: In hope that this begins a dialogue. Jimmy Baldwin. This is Baldwin's first book, the semi-autobiographical story of John Grimes, an intelligent teenager in 1930s Harlem, and his relationship to his family and his church. He also fills in the back stories of John's mother, his biological father, and his violent, religious fanatic stepfather, Gabriel Grimes. The novel focuses on the role of the Pentecostal Church in the lives of African-Americans, as a negative source of repression and moral hypocrisy and also as a positive source of inspiration and community. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Go Tell It on the Mountain 39th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Crawford Doyle Booksellers, Member ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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