TEEN­SHELF

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUN­TAIN

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Bookshelf -

“Moun­tain,” Bald­win said, “Is the book I had to write if I was ever go­ing to write any­thing else.” Go Tell It On The Moun­tain, first pub­lished in 1953, is Bald­win’s first ma­jor work, a novel that has 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 four­teenyear-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 March of 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.

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