First Edition of Zora Neale Hurston's Jonah’s Gourd Vine

  • Jonah’s Gourd Vine.

Jonah’s Gourd Vine.


Item Number: 81118

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1934.

First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities, contemporary bookplate. A nice example.

Praised by Carl Sandburg as "a bold and beautiful book, many a page priceless and unforgettable." Written in only three to four months in 1934, Jonah's Gourd Vine is the first novel published by acclaimed anthropologist, writer, and Harlem Renaissance personality Zora Neale Hurston. The book, based loosely on her parents' lives, explores the life and consciousness of John Pearson and his relationship with his wife Lucy Potts and other women in the town. Pearson was depicted as a minister in a small black Florida town, Eatonville, which in reality was Hurston's hometown. In Hurston's work one hears and feels the authentic voice, power, and sensibilities of people and places. In this novel, she used events from her childhood and the sermons she heard as a preacher's daughter to give structure and texture to this novel.

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