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I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader

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Overview

During her lifetime, Zora Neale Hurston was praised for her writing but condemned for her independence and audacity. Her work fell into obscurity until the 1970s, when Alice Walker rediscovered Hurston’s unmarked grave and anthologized her writing, establishing her as an intellectual leader for future generations of black writers. An enduring testament to the power and breadth of Hurston’s oeuvre, this edition features a new preface by Walker.

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ISBN-13: 9781936932733
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960) was a writer and anthropologist originally from the South, who became a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Hurston is the author of the classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God , as well as countless other volumes of fiction, poetry, and scholarly nonfiction. Her nonfiction book Barracoon , about the transatlantic slave trade, was published posthumously in 2018.

Alice Walker is a poet, writer, and activist. She is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Color Purple , and author of multiple novels, short stories, children’s books, essays, and poetry collections, including 2018’s Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart. Walker’s works have been translated into more than two dozen languages worldwide.

Mary Helen Washington is Distinguished University Professor in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Washington specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American literature. She has edited several influential collections, including Black-Eyed Susans and Midnight Birds: Stories by and About Black Women and Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women 1860–1960.

Date of Birth:

January 7, 1891

Date of Death:

January 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Eatonville, Florida

Place of Death:

Fort Pierce, Florida

Education:

B.A., Barnard College, 1928 (the school's first black graduate). Went on to study anthropology at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

1. A NEW NOTE BY ALICE WALKER

2. DEDICATION BY ALICE WALKER

3. On Refusing to Be Humbled by Second Place in a Contest

4. You Did Not Design: A Tradition by Now

5. INTRODUCTION BY MARY HELEN WASHINGTON

6. Zora Neale Hurston: A Woman Half in Shadow

PART ONE: AUTOBIOGRAPHY, FOLKLORE, AND REPORTAGE

7. Introduction

8. From Dust Tracks on a Road

9. From Mules and Men

10. From Tell My Horse

PART TWO: ESSAYS AND ARTICLES

11. Introduction

12. How It Feels to Be Colored Me

13. The "Pet" Negro System

14. My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience

15. Crazy for this Democracy

16. What White Publishers Won't Print

PART THREE: FICTION

17. Introduction

18. The Eatonville Anthology

19. From Jonah's Gourd Vine

20. Sweat

21. The Gilded Six-Bits

22. From Moses, Man of the Mountain

23. From Their Eyes Were Watching God

24. AFTERWARD BY ALICE WALKER

25. Looking for Zora

26. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS