Banned Book Discussion

September 27, 2021 | Geisel Library

In one of the greatest American classics, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity. 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.

With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin tells the story of the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Originally published in 1953, Baldwin said of his first novel, Mountain is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else. - Description from

September 27, 2021 from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Geisel Library Reading Room

Pick up your copy (to borrow) from the library - just ask for it at the Circulation Desk!

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