The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
View a timeline from the Library of Congress about Zora Neale Hurston's life. She worked as an anthropologist, writer, maid, substitute teacher, and librarian. Her early life was filled with many successes; Her later life was spent in scandal and obscurity.
Watch a play depicting the life of Zora Neale Hurston from Literature to Life: Zora!, sponsored by the Library of Congress. Running time: 21 minutes. Requires RealPlayer.
In Her Own Words
In this 1943 letter to Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston discusses her views about lynching, segregation, interatial marriage, and white "liberals."
An excerpt from the letter: "I have never liked stale phrases and bodyless courage. I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions."
-Zora Neale Hurston
Many Thanks to Librarians at Hamline University for letting me use parts of their Libguide!
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston (Januray 7, 1891- Januray 28, 1960) is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature. Hurston was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Of Hurston's 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.