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Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)

Author of Their Eyes Were Watching God

83+ Works 29,607 Members 528 Reviews 95 Favorited

About the Author

Zora Neale Hurston was born in 1901 in Eatonville, Fla. She left home at the age of 17, finished high school in Baltimore, and went on to study at Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University before becoming one of the most prolific writers in the Harlem Renaissance. Her works show more included novels, essays, plays, and studies in folklore and anthropology. Her most productive years were the 1930s and early 1940s. It was during those years that she wrote her autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road, worked with the Federal Writers Project in Florida, received a Guggenheim fellowship, and wrote four novels. She is most remembered for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. In 2018, her previously unpublished work, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, was published. She died penniless and in obscurity in 1960 and was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1973, her grave was rediscovered and marked and her novels and autobiography have since been reprinted. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) 19,360 copies, 347 reviews
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" (2018) 1,711 copies, 65 reviews
Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (1942) 1,398 copies, 17 reviews
Mules and Men (1935) 1,109 copies, 10 reviews
The Complete Stories (1995) 478 copies, 2 reviews
Zora Neale Hurston: Novels and Stories (1995) 455 copies, 5 reviews
Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939) 453 copies, 3 reviews
Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934) 440 copies, 4 reviews
Seraph on the Suwanee (1948) 326 copies, 4 reviews
You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays (2022) 182 copies, 4 reviews
Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life (1931) 176 copies, 1 review
Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (2002) 161 copies, 2 reviews
The Sanctified Church (1981) 122 copies
Lies and Other Tall Tales (2005) 96 copies, 4 reviews
Go Gator and Muddy the Water (1999) 92 copies, 1 review
Magnolia Flower (2022) 55 copies, 3 reviews
The Three Witches (2006) 48 copies, 5 reviews
The Six Fools (2005) 46 copies, 5 reviews
The Making of Butterflies (2023) 21 copies
Poker! (2011) 12 copies
The Gilded Six-Bits (1933) 11 copies
Spunk [play] (2016) 3 copies
Stories (1996) 2 copies
Bahamas 1 copy
Forty Yards 1 copy
Woofing 1 copy
Jook 1 copy
Cock Robin 1 copy
Lenox Avenue 1 copy
Heaven 1 copy
Mr. Frog 1 copy

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 936 copies, 7 reviews
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 788 copies, 4 reviews
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 761 copies, 3 reviews
The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (1925) — Contributor — 445 copies, 5 reviews
Written by Herself, Volume I: Autobiographies of American Women (1992) — Contributor — 434 copies, 5 reviews
Great Short Stories by American Women (1996) — Contributor — 416 copies, 5 reviews
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contributor — 413 copies, 1 review
The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (1994) — Contributor — 409 copies, 3 reviews
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contributor — 402 copies, 4 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 284 copies, 4 reviews
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributor — 209 copies
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contributor — 190 copies, 3 reviews
The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1899-1967: The Classic Anthology (1967) — Contributor — 177 copies, 1 review
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 173 copies, 3 reviews
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contributor — 143 copies, 1 review
Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (1998) — Contributor — 121 copies, 2 reviews
The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (1991) — Contributor — 121 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 120 copies
Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers (1995) — Contributor — 117 copies
Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (1976) — Contributor — 109 copies
Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960 (1987) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 99 copies
American Short Stories (1976) — Contributor, some editions — 95 copies
The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Women Writing on the Green World (2001) — Contributor — 90 copies, 1 review
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Contributor — 76 copies, 1 review
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Contributor — 73 copies
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contributor — 69 copies, 1 review
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies, 1 review
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contributor — 63 copies, 1 review
American Negro Short Stories (1966) — Contributor — 61 copies
Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural (2000) — Contributor — 58 copies, 3 reviews
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Sleeper Wakes: Harlem Renaissance Stories by Women (1993) — Contributor — 46 copies
Harlem's Glory: Black Women Writing, 1900-1950 (1996) — Contributor — 43 copies
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contributor — 40 copies
Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance (1994) — Contributor — 40 copies, 1 review
The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams (1998) — Contributor — 36 copies, 1 review
Graphic Classics: African-American Classics (2011) — Contributor — 31 copies, 1 review
Miami Noir: The Classics (2020) — Contributor — 24 copies, 13 reviews
Almost Touching the Skies: Women's Coming of Age Stories (2000) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Story Pocket Book (1944) — Contributor — 13 copies
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers (2018) — Director — 9 copies
The Saturday Evening Post Stories: 1950 (1950) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Word Lives On: A Treasury of Spiritual Fiction (1951) — Contributor — 4 copies
American Short Stories (Oxford Literature Resources) (1992) — Contributor — 2 copies
New World Journal, Vol. 1, No.4 (1979) — Contributor — 2 copies
New World Journal #5 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Jamie suffers through life as a poor black women of the South until she meets Tea Cake who takes her in a new direction to the mud of Lake Okeechobee and a deadly hurricane.
 
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podocyte | 346 other reviews | Jul 13, 2024 |
Audio version with a knockout performance by the legendary Ruby Dee. Justifiably a classic of American lit. Janie is a memorable protagonist. A black woman who fights for and attains love, dignity and respect in a country that does not want her to have it.
 
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Octavia78 | 346 other reviews | Jul 6, 2024 |
A collection of essays by fiction writer and sociologist Zora Neale Hurston.
 
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PendleHillLibrary | Jun 17, 2024 |
Some of the most polished and insightful prose I’ve encountered. A protagonist of strength and beauty in a world that felt true.
 
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Beatrice Sherman Contributor
Phil Strong Contributor
Darwin T. Turner Introduction
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Gregg Kulick Cover designer
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Ossie Davis Narrator
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Works
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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