First Edition of Zora Neale Hurston's Seraph on the Suwanee: A Novel; Inscribed by Her

  • Seraph on the Suwanee: A Novel.

Seraph on the Suwanee: A Novel.

Item Number: 68017

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons , 1948.

First edition of this humorous novel set in Florida, a place Hurston knew well, having been born in Eatonville, an entirely black Florida town. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Dick Shephard from the author Zora Neale Hurston Eau Gallie, Fla Dec. 32, 1954.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.

Acclaimed for her pitch-perfect accounts of rural black life and culture, Zora Neale Hurston explores new territory with her novel Seraph on the Suwanee—a story of two people at once deeply in love and deeply at odds, set among the community of "Florida Crackers" at the turn of the twentieth century. Full of insights into the nature of love, attraction, faith, and loyalty, it follows young Arvay Henson, convinced she will never find true happiness, as she defends herself from unwanted suitors with hysterical fits and religious fervor. But into her life comes bright and enterprising Jim Meserve, who knows that Arvay is the woman for him, and nothing she can do will dissuade him.