Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston (18911960) 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 novelTheir Eyes Were Watching God, as well as countless other volumes of fiction, poetry, and scholarly nonfiction. Her nonfiction bookBarracoon, 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 forThe Color Purple, and author of multiple novels, short stories, childrens books, essays, and poetry collections, including 2018sTaking the Arrow Out of the Heart. Walkers 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, includingBlack-Eyed Susans and Midnight Birds: Stories by and About Black Women andInvented Lives: Narratives of Black Women 18601960.

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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
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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 Hurstons unmarked grave and anthologized her writing, establishing her as an intellectual leader for future generations of black writers.

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