Where: Henry Ford Centennial Library – Second Floor Ford Collection Room
When: Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Go Tell it on the Mountain
by James Baldwin
” 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 fourteen-year-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.
James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in New York. Baldwin’s father was a pastor who subjected his children to poverty, abuse, and religious fanaticism. As a result, many of Baldwin’s recurring themes, such as alienation and rejection, are attributable to his upbringing.
Living the life of a starving artist, Baldwin went through numerous jobs, including dishwasher, office boy, factory worker, and waiter. In 1948, he moved to France, where much work originated. Baldwin published Go Tell It on the Mountain in 1953. A largely autobiographical work, it tells of the religious awakening of a fourteen-year-old. In addition to his childhood experiences, his experiences as a black man and a homosexual provided inspiration for such works as Giovanni’s Room, Nobody Knows My Name, and Another Country.
Baldwin holds a distinguished place in American history as one of the foremost writers of both black and gay literature. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement.
Baldwin succumbed to cancer on December 1, 1987.
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