TIDYMAN, Ernest (1928-1984)
Shaft. (Presentation copy from the author)
New York : Macmillan, 1970. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s red cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket (pale foxing at top edge of front panel, else very good), a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free-endpaper: ’28 July 1970. For Leonard Hammer – on the eve of his fiction career, which should easily surpass this. Ernest Tidyman’; pp 188; mild spotting to top-edge, but internally very clean; a good inscribed copy.
American author Ernest Tidyman was best known for his novels featuring the African-American detective John Shaft, of which Shaft was the first. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of Shaft with John D.F. Black in 1971, the star of which was arguably Isaac Hayes’ popular, Oscar-winning theme tune.