Zora Neale Hurston, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Zora Neale Hurston

American folklorist, novelist, short story writer

Date of Birth: 07-Jan-1891

Place of Birth: Notasulga, Alabama, United States

Date of Death: 28-Jan-1960

Profession: writer, historian, journalist, folklorist, anthropologist, novelist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Zora Neale Hurston

  • Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 ÔÇô January 28, 1960) was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker.
  • She portrayed racial struggles in the early-20th-century American South and published research on Haitian Vodou.
  • The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937.
  • She also wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama, and moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, in 1894.
  • She later used Eatonville as the setting for many of her stories.
  • It is now the site of the "Zora! Festival", held each year in her honor.In her early career, Hurston conducted anthropological and ethnographic research while a student at Barnard College and Columbia University.
  • She had an interest in African-American and Caribbean folklore, and how these contributed to the community's identity. She also wrote fiction about contemporary issues in the black community and became a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Her short satires, drawing from the African-American experience and racial division, were published in anthologies such as The New Negro and Fire!!.
  • After moving back to Florida, Hurston wrote and published her literary anthropology on African-American folklore in North Florida, Mules and Men (1935), and her first three novels: Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934); Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937); and Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939).
  • Also published during this time was Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica (1938), documenting her research on rituals in Jamaica and Haiti. Hurston's works concerned both the African-American experience and her struggles as an African-American woman.
  • Her novels went relatively unrecognized by the literary world for decades.
  • Interest was revived in 1975 after author Alice Walker published an article, "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston", in the March issue of Ms.
  • magazine that year.
  • Hurston's manuscript Every Tongue Got to Confess, a collection of folktales gathered in the 1920s, was published posthumously in 2001 after being discovered in the Smithsonian archives.
  • Her nonfiction book Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo", about the life of Cudjoe Lewis (Kossola), was published posthumously in 2018.

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