Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in American History, 1st Edition

  • Stephanie Li
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  • ISBN-10: 1440866554
  • ISBN-13: 9781440866555
  • DDC: 813
  • 232 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released September 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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This biography of Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most influential African American writers of the 20th century and a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, is primarily for students and will cover all of the major points of development in Hurston's life as well as her major publications. Hurston's impact extends beyond the literary world: she also left her mark as an anthropologist whose ethnographic work portrays the racial struggles during the early 20th century American South. This work includes a preface and narrative chapters that explore Hurston's literary influences and the personal relationships that were most formative to her life; the final chapter, Why Zora Neale Hurston Matters, explores her cultural and historical significance, providing context to her writings and allowing readers a greater understanding of Hurston's life while critically examining her major writing.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: Origins and Childhood.
2: Exile and Instability.
3: Education—Howard and Harlem.
4: The Young Anthropologist.
5: Mule Bone.
6: Independence and Jonah's Gourd Vine.
7: Jamaica, Haiti, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.
8: Wanderings and Fame.
9: Nightmare and Recovery.
10: The Final Years.
Why Zora Neale Hurston Matters.
About the Author.