Zora Neale Hurston

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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).[1]

Life and Works

Hurston was born January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama.[2] 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.[3] She received a B.A. from Barnard College there, and in 1925, began writing with the publication of her short story, "Spunk."[4] 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.[5] In 1942, she wrote Dust Tracks on the Road, her autobiography, and ended her writing career with Seraph on the Suwannee (1948).[6]

She died on January 28, 1960.

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