Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston, born in Alabama 1891, produced four novels, several plays, numerous short stories and essays. Her most famous novel, Their Eyes were Watching God, turns 80 this year.
She was educated at Morgan State University and Columbia, spoke several languages, and obtained a degree in anthropology. Much of her writing is a result of her studies, since she explored the folklore of the Caribbean and the American South. She wrote articles for newspapers, which helped to free an African American woman who had killed a white doctor because of continued sexual abuse.
Alice Walker re-discovered Hurston in the 70’s, and her work was revived as she became more and more well-known. Her most famous novel, Their Eyes were Watching God, is a story of a woman who sought love at four different times in her life.
Zora Neale Hurston’s life was rich and complicated. A literary giant, her religious and political beliefs were uniquely her own.