Title Profile & Character Information

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Annotation
James Baldwin's stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, starkly contrasting the attitudes of two generations of an embattles family, Go Tell It On The Mountain is an unsurpassed portrayal of human beings caught up in a dramatic struggle and of a society confronting inevitable change.

"The most important novel written about the American Negro," says Commentary. "It is written with poetic intensity and great narrative skill," writes Harper's. Saturday Review praises it as "masterful," and the San Francisco Chronicle declares that this important American novel is "brutal, objective and compassionate."

Characters
NameGrimes, John
GenderMale
OccupationStudent
TraitAfrican American

NameGabriel
GenderMale
OccupationMinister
TraitsRemarried
Stepfather
African American
Abusive

NameElizabeth
GenderFemale
TraitsMarried
Mother
African American

NameRoy
GenderMale
OccupationStudent
TraitAfrican American

NameFlorence
GenderFemale
TraitsAfrican American
Widow

GenreFiction
Domestic
Classic
Religious
TopicsAfrican Americans
African American families
Spiritual awakening
Great Depression
Stepfamilies
Visions
Resentment
Family relationships
Ministers
Identity
Redemption
Abusive relationships
Infidelity
Love affairs
SettingNew York