Zora Neale Hurston

13 Feb

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.

Perspectives in American Literature is always a great resource for learning more about different writers and their Hurston page is top notch.

The Library of Congress has digitized ten of her plays and presents them online in a series totaling 1.068 images.

Every January, her hometown of Eatonville, FL hosts a festival dedicated to the writer and is chock full of speakers, readings of Huston’s work, and even guided tours.

What’s your favorite Hurston work?


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