Zora Neale Hurston(1891-1960)

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By: MarisZolgus

Zora was born in an all black town of Eatonville, Florida on January 7,1891.her father was a carpenter and bapitst preacher. Zora was the fith child of the family. Zora was always interested in reading and writing poetry. she would read anything she could find. Her father didnt approve of her reading novels, he considered them the devil's work. Zora latter declared she was goin to be a poet like longfellow. Her father was ferious of her decicision, he forbidded her to be a poet.Although he mother encouraged her to read and write poems.
Zora's mother passed away, and her father remarried. Zora and her sibling were unwanted by there stepmother an there father. they went to boarding school. The children were sent to live with relatives and friends. zora lived in multipel homes, she had to work. Zora went to live with her older brother, but with the rocky relationship with her family she left Eatonville in 1917. Zora went to Howard Prep School and Howard University, in Washington, she got her associate degree. Zora gave a nickname to Howard University "Negro Harvard".
Between 1910 and 1920 Southern blacks came to Harlem, in Manhattan, and began doubling the population of New York. Harlem was like a cultral magnet that attrcatced unknown artists, musicians, poets, and novelists. Zora was part of the movement, in 1925 Zora was at an award dinner in Manhattan, where 15 out of 732 black contestants received an award. Zora got an award for second place for her play "Color Struck".
Zora was in New York and became famous for her part in the Harlem Renaissance's Literati. She was well known for her writing, and her outspokenness, her way of dressing, and refusal to be ashamed of her culture. Zora became good and close friends with Langston Hughes, A great writer. In 1930 Zora, Langston and there typist started writing a play. Zora wrote the play and Hughes created the plot. Zora didn't want to share the credit and sent the copyright with only her name. Langston was furious with that and threatened to sue. Langston ended the the friendship with zora and the typist. Some people marked the end of there friendship as the end of the Harlem Renaissance.
Zora's most famous book was "There Eyes Are Watching God" in 1937. In 1935 she published "Mules and Men". Zora's books are: Dust Tracks On The Road, Jonah's Gourd Vine, Moses,Man Of The Mountain, Seraph On The Suwanee, Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life In Haiti and Jamaica. Zora's career reached it's peak in the thirties. She was published less and less, she had to find other ways to make a living. She did continue to write though. Zora lived until January 28, 1960.

(powerpoint of Zora Neale Hurston)