Go Tell IT on The Mountain: Baldwin as a novelist emerged on the firmament of American literature in 1953, with the publication of his first novel Go Tell I`t on the Mountain. When Baldwin published this novel, the immediate reaction in the press as well as in the reading public was overwhelmingly encouraging. Except one or two critics, almost all the others stormed the novelist with praises.
Brunn, Robert was one of the few to have a slightly negative idea about the novel. He describes the novel “as novel without joy and with little hope of either progress or self-realization for the Harlem Negros who struggle with poverty, sensualism, each other and white and how they turn to escape the cheerless world”. No other Baldwin’s works except his essays, received such a positive criticism till