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Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) was born in Alabama, but moved at an early age to Eatonville, Florida, the nation’s first incorporated black township. Her home town life became the basis of most of her fifty stories, four novels, plays and essays. Hurston studied at Morgan Academy in Baltimore, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and in 1928 graduated with a degree in anthropology from Barnard College in New York City, where she was the only black student. In New York she met Langston Hughes, Wallace Thurman and other young black writers, and became one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. While her work was originally lauded, many readers objected to the representation of black dialect in Hurston’s stories, and her work slid into obscurity for decades. In 1975, Ms. Magazine published Alice Walker’s essay, “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston,” which revived interest in the author. She is now best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was adapted for a 2005 film by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.

African-American Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 22

144 pages, color, $15