Today’s post subject, Zora Neale Hurston, has a connection that stretches over the decades to one of last week’s post subjects, Alice Walker. Almost 40 years ago, Walker found Hurston’s unmarked grave, read her stories, and was moved to action. “[Hurston] was a forgotten writer until Alice Walker reached through the mists of time, blew the dust away from the covers, and re-introduced Hurston’s work into American literature.” You can listen to Alice Walker discuss Hurston here.
Her official web site contains a biographical timeline, books and audio, as well as the latest news.
A few years back, American Masters produced a documentary called Jump at the Sun. It doesn’t seem to be currently in circulation. If anyone finds it for online viewing, please let me know in the comments. It can be rented by mail with Netflix.
The Library of Congress has digitized ten of her plays and presents them online in a series totaling 1.068 images.
What’s your favorite Hurston work?