“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me. ”
- Zora Neale Hurston in "How It Feels to Be Colored Me"Zora Neale Hurston
*Born in Notasulga, Alabama, 1891.
*Novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist.
*Received an AA from Howard University, BA from Barnard College (sole black student during her time), and graduate studies at Columbia University.
* Wrote four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays.
* she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God
, Co-Founder of Howard University's student newspaper
*"How It Feels to Be Colored Me"
. Essay, 1928
*Mules and Men
, Author, 1935
*"Hoodoo in America"
The Journal of American Folklore, 1931
*Their Eyes Were Watching God
*Tell My Horse
*Dust Tracks on a Road
. Autobiography, 1942Mules and Men
- is an auto-ethnographical collection of African American folklore. It documents a number of stories about Marie Laveau
and other voodoo traditions.Their Eyes Were Watching God
- According to TIME magazine, this novel is one of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. The main character, an African-American woman in her early forties, tells the story of her life via an extended flashback to her best friend. Her life has three major periods corresponding to her marriages to three very different men.Tell My Horse
- According to Amazon, -"Based on acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica—where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer during her visits in the 1930s—Tell My Horse is a fascinating firsthand account of the mysteries of Voodoo. An invaluable resource and remarkable guide to Voodoo practices, rituals, and beliefs, it is a travelogue into a dark, mystical world that offers a vividly authentic picture of ceremonies, customs, and superstitions."Dust Tracks on a Road
- The publishers forced extensive changes to the book, making Zora Neale Hurston remove a lengthy attack on American imperialism in Asia. She was also required to tone down sexually-explicit anthropological content and remove some libelous passages. This resulted in a work that appeared not to condemn America's mistreatment of ethnic minorities. Consequently, she was attacked for pandering to white audiences. More recent editions have attempted to insert deleted passages to bring it closer to Hurston's original intentions.Fire!!
*The magazine that only lasted one issue received minimal attention in white media outlets.
*The magazine sparked debate with intellectuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois
*Figures associated with the magazine's lasting impression include Langston Hughes
, Richard Nugent
, Zora Neale Hurston
, Gwendolyn Bennett
, and of course, Wallace Thurman
. --This group of writers called themselves the Niggerati
*Zora had a play featured in the magazine, and a short story entitled "Sweat"
. The short story, "Sweat"
, revolves around a washerwoman and her unemployed, insecure husband. Its themes include domestic abuse, the working life, empowerment, and survival.lasting impacts
:“Brother to Brother”
is an independent film that relives the memories of Langston Hughes, Wallace Thurman, and other Harlem Renaissance artists. The film featured Zora Neale Hurston portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis.Their Eyes Were Watching God
was adapted for a 2005 film of the same title by Oprah Winfrey's
Harpo Productions, with a teleplay by Suzan-Lori Parks. The film starred Halle Berry
as Janie Starks.Zora Neale Hurston's official website