Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Birth: January 7, 1891

Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama

Death: January 28, 1960

Place of death: Fort Pierce, Florida

Occupation: Author, Civil Rights activist, Anthropologist

"No man can make another free"

Education:High School-Morgan Academy in Baltimore College-Howard University in Washington D.C. Barnard College Columbia University

Writing Career1921: First Short Story: John Redding Goes to Sea1925: Zora Neale Hurston's writing career began after she entered her short story Spunk and her play Color Struck in a contest and recieved second place on both. 1926: She and Langston Hughes began the black literary journal Fire!!1928: How it Feels to be Colored Me, an essay written by Zora, appears in The World Tomorrow.1932: Hurston's play, The Great Day, is seen on broadway.1934: Zora's first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine is published. 1937: While researching in Haiti, writes Their Eyes Were Watching God, one of her most successful books. 1938: Writes the book Tell My Horse which tells about West Indian obeah.1939: Hired by the federal writers project to study Afrian-American culture in Florida1939: Accepts a position as a drama instructor at the North Carloina College for negroes.1942: Recieves the Antisfield-Wolf Book Award1947: Moves to Honduras where she researchs blacks way of life and writes Seraph the Swanee1952: Hurston is hired as a reporter for the Pittsburgh Courier1957: Zora is hired as a columnist for the Fort Pierce Chronicle1960: Zora Neale Hurston dies of hypertensive heart disease and is buried in an unmarked grave.

Toni Morrison, an author inspired by Zora Neale Hurston, has won both the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is often describes with epic themes, vivid dialogue, and detailed African-American characters. Some of her best work would be Beloved, Sula, and The Bluest Eye.

Hurston definitely had a role during the Harlem Renaissance. In 1926, Zora travelled to Harlem in order to extend her research for her book. While there she met one of her very good friends Langston Hughes, also a writer. However, while working on their play, Mule Bone, they had a disagreement and sadly their friendship ended.

Zora Neale Hurston's intense focus on African-American ancestry, culture, expression, and life created a lasting impact that inspired and strengthened many.


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