Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) is one of the most significant African American writers of the 20th century. Born in Alabama, she grew up in a small town in Florida, where she developed an interest in African American folklore. In 1925 she moved to New York and became part of the Harlem Renaissance, meeting such figures as Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten. She continued her anthropological research at Barnard under Franz Boas, and African American folklore became central to her fiction. She is best remembered as the author of Jonah's Gourd Vine, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Mules and Men, her study of African American folklore of the South.
This reference is a convenient and thorough guide to her life and writings. A chronology outlines the major events in her life and her most significant accomplishments, while a short biography offers a narrative assessment of her career. The heart of the book is a collection of hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries. These cover her works, characters, themes, motifs, family members, and acquaintances. Entries for the most important topics include suggestions for further reading, and the volume closes with extensive primary and secondary bibliographies.
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About the Author
ROBERT W. CROFT is Associate Professor of English at Gainesville College. His previous books include Anne Tyler: A Bio-Bibliography (1995) and An Anne Tyler Companion (1998), both available from Greenwood Press.
Table of Contents
Chronology of Zora Neale Hurston's Life
Zora Neale Hurston's "Big Association of Living"