First edition of Ladies of Courage, signed by the authors, Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena A. Hickok.
Octavo, vii, 312pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in silver on spine. A first printing, with no additional printings mentioned on the copyright page. Text block solid. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $3.75 on front flap, some chipping along top edge, short closed tear to rear panel, a bright example of this scarce dust jacket. Newspaper clippings previously laid on signature page, resulting in some toning. This copy is signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena A. Hickok on the front flyleaf. A scarce signed piece. (Edens B22)
Lorena Hickok (1893-1968) was an American journalist and close confidant of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She became a successful reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune, and later worked for the Associated Press. By 1932, when she covered the Franklin Roosevelt presidential campaign, she had become America’s best-known female reporter. Eventually, her close relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt compromised her objectivity, and she resigned from the Associated Press in 1933. It was long speculated that an intimate relationship developed between Roosevelt and Hickok, but historians debate the nature of their association. Hickok died in 1968.