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The Lost Florida Novel

Event is on: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: Oct 4, 2010 @ 3:01:29 pm

7:00 - 8:30 P.M. Thursday, October 7 UCF main campus Library, room 223. An 1855 manuscript, which was recently found in the Rollins College Archives by Professor Wenxian Zhang, is believed to be one of Florida’s first novels and the very first to describe the daily lives of farmers and townspeople, hunters and fishing guides, Cyrus Parkhurst Condit’s Trip to Florida for Health and Sport is a coming of age account of a young New Yorker who spends a winter in Welaka. As he hunts and fishes along the St. Johns River, visits neighbors and explores the Sunshine State’s major cities and towns, from St. Augustine and Palatka to Enterprise and Mellonville (Sanford), George Morton comes to a deep understanding of the relationship between man and nature. Dr. Maurice O'Sullivan, co-author and co-editor of the book will talk about the the discovery of the manuscript and the importance of the novel in its historical and literary contexts. Free and open to the public. Free parking for this event is available in Lot B 3. Directions to campus and the Library are on the UCF web site Contact Carole Hinshaw for more information 407.823.5982 or



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