Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was an American author. Her works include Mules and Men (1935), Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), and Dust Tracks on a Road (1942).
Life and Works
Hurston was born January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. She grew up in the first officially all-black town of Eatonville, Florida, the daughter of a Baptist preacher, excelled in classes at Howard University, and moved to New York City in the 1920s to attend the Harlem Renaissance. She received a B.A. from Barnard College there, and in 1925, began writing with the publication of her short story, "Spunk." She gathered folktales from the South and the Caribbean and published them in Mules and Men.
In 1937, he released her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, about a black woman called Janie who in a series of marriages determines her relationship with whites. In 1942, she wrote Dust Tracks on the Road, her autobiography, and ended her writing career with Seraph on the Suwannee (1948).
She died on January 28, 1960.
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