First edition and the only edition of this scarce biography for which Hicks spent months conducting the interviews and research contained herein. It first appeared as the entire issue of the Sentinel Star Florida Magazine on October 9 1977 under the title "Jumping at 'de Sun' -- The Trials of a Genius of the South." OCLC locates just 15 copies of this edition, all in Florida libraries. The book is notable also for the art of fellow Sentinel Staffer, artist Diego Calliet. The cover is illustrated with a color reproduction of Calliet's oil painting of Hurston, commissioned by the Sentinel for a Florida state office building dedicated in her honor in 1977 -- the Zora Neale Hurston Building in Orlando's Orange County. The first and last pages reproduce, on tissue paper, Calliet's pen-and-ink mirror-image rendition of Carl van Vechten's iconic 1938 photograph of Hurston. 23pp, stapled wraps, Light foxing to white rear cover, otherwise near fine. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: ZORA NEALE HURSTON: A Portrait.
Publisher: Sentinel Star Company, 1978).
Publication Date: 1978
Book Condition: Near Fine
Book Description Sentinel Star Co, Orlando, FL, 1978. Softcover. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. No marks or writing, clean tight binding;; NOT ex-library;; Unique biography of the life of this Florida author with tissue paper, Calliet's pen-and-ink mirror-image rendition of Carl van Vechten's iconic 1938 photograph of Hurston. ; 23 pages Very Good- colorful card stock cover slight shelf rubbing and light stain on back. Seller Inventory # 8209