Zora Neale Hurston: Sweat - Book Review
Zora Neale Hurston: Novels & Stories (LOA #74)
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Zora Neale Hurston was an American writer in the first half of the 20th century whose works touched on the African-American experience and her struggles as an African-American woman. Her family moved to Eatonville Florida in In Hurston's mother died, and after her father remarried she was sent to boarding school, although after her family failed to pay tuition she was expelled. At this time, apparently to qualify for a free high-school education as well, perhaps to reflect her literary birth , the year-old Hurston began claiming as her year of birth. She graduated from the high school of Morgan State University in
Publishers were unimpressed. But Hurston kept thinking about Lewis, whose story felt deeply personal to her. That yearning for blood and cultural ties. That sense of mutilation. It gave me something to feel about.
Zora Neale Hurston was born on Jan. Hurston moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, when she was still a toddler. Her writings reveal no recollection of her Alabama beginnings. For Hurston, Eatonville was always home. Growing up in Eatonville, in an eight-room house on five acres of land, Zora had a relatively happy childhood, despite frequent clashes with her preacher-father. Her mother, on the other hand, urged young Zora and her seven siblings to "jump at de sun.
In , Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture. Click here to listen to an audio excerpt. When first published in , this novel about a proud, independent black woman was generally dismissed by male reviewers. Out of print for almost thirty years, but since its reissue in paperback edition by the University of Illionois Press in , Their Eyes Were Watching God has become the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.