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Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)

Autor(a) de Their Eyes Were Watching God

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About the Author

Zora Neale Hurston was born in 1901 in Eatonville, Fla. She left home at the age of 17, finished high school in Baltimore, and went on to study at Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University before becoming one of the most prolific writers in the Harlem Renaissance. Her works mostrar mais included novels, essays, plays, and studies in folklore and anthropology. Her most productive years were the 1930s and early 1940s. It was during those years that she wrote her autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road, worked with the Federal Writers Project in Florida, received a Guggenheim fellowship, and wrote four novels. She is most remembered for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. In 2018, her previously unpublished work, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, was published. She died penniless and in obscurity in 1960 and was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1973, her grave was rediscovered and marked and her novels and autobiography have since been reprinted. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) 19,289 exemplares
Mules and Men (1935) 1,105 exemplares
The Complete Stories (1995) 474 exemplares
Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939) 448 exemplares
Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934) 431 exemplares
Seraph on the Suwanee (1948) 326 exemplares
Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life (1931) 176 exemplares
The Sanctified Church (1981) 122 exemplares
Lies and Other Tall Tales (2005) 96 exemplares
Go Gator and Muddy the Water (1999) 92 exemplares
Magnolia Flower (2022) 54 exemplares
The Three Witches (2006) 48 exemplares
The Six Fools (2005) 46 exemplares
The Making of Butterflies (2023) 21 exemplares
Zora Neale Hurston Boxed Set (2022) 13 exemplares
Poker! (2011) 12 exemplares
The Gilded Six-Bits (1933) 11 exemplares
Bookmarks in the Pages of Life (2001) 6 exemplares
Spunk [play] (2016) 3 exemplares
Stories (1996) 2 exemplares
Drenched in Light 1 exemplar
Bahamas 1 exemplar
The Fiery Chariot 1 exemplar
Forty Yards 1 exemplar
Lawing and Jawing 1 exemplar
Woofing 1 exemplar
Fast and Furious 1 exemplar
Jook 1 exemplar
Railroad Camp 1 exemplar
Cock Robin 1 exemplar
Hurston Zora Neale 1 exemplar
Lenox Avenue 1 exemplar
Filling Station 1 exemplar
Heaven 1 exemplar
Mr. Frog 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições929 exemplares
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The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (1925) — Contribuidor — 440 exemplares
Written by Herself, Volume I: Autobiographies of American Women (1992) — Contribuidor — 432 exemplares
Great Short Stories by American Women (1996) — Contribuidor — 416 exemplares
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contribuidor — 412 exemplares
The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (1994) — Contribuidor — 409 exemplares
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuidor — 400 exemplares
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuidor — 282 exemplares
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contribuidor — 209 exemplares
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contribuidor — 190 exemplares
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (1998) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers (1995) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (1976) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960 (1987) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
Calling the Wind: Twentieth Century African-American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
American Short Stories (1976) — Contribuidor, algumas edições95 exemplares
The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Women Writing on the Green World (2001) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Braided Lives: An Anthology of Multicultural American Writing (1991) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1997) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
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American Negro Short Stories (1966) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural (2000) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
The Sleeper Wakes: Harlem Renaissance Stories by Women (1993) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Harlem's Glory: Black Women Writing, 1900-1950 (1996) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance (1994) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams (1998) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Graphic Classics: African-American Classics (2011) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Miami Noir: The Classics (2020) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Almost Touching the Skies: Women's Coming of Age Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Restless Spirits: Ghost Stories by American Women, 1872-1926 (1996) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
The Story Pocket Book (1944) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers (2018) — Director — 9 exemplares
The Saturday Evening Post Stories: 1950 (1950) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
The Word Lives On: A Treasury of Spiritual Fiction (1951) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
American Short Stories (Oxford Literature Resources) (1992) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
New World Journal, Vol. 1, No.4 (1979) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
New World Journal #5 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Netzahualcoyotl News, Volume 1, Number 1 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Hurston, Zora Neale
Nome legal
Hurston, Zora Neale Lee
Outros nomes
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Garden of Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Local de nascimento
Notasulga, Alabama, USA
Local de falecimento
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Locais de residência
Notasulga, Alabama, USA
Eatonville, Florida, USA
Westfield, New Jersey, USA
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
New York, New York, USA
Eau Gallie, Florida, USA (mostrar todos 8)
Morgan Academy (1918)
Howard University (1920)
Barnard College (BA|Anthropology|1927)
Columbia University
short-story writer
teacher (mostrar todos 8)
freelance writer
Hurston, Lucy (niece)
Boas, Franz (teacher)
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan (friend)
American Folklore Society
American Anthropological Society
American Ethnological Society
Zeta Phi Beta
Bethune-Cookman University
Paramount Studios (writer) (mostrar todos 12)
Patrick Air Force Base (librarian)
Fort Pierce Chronicle
Lincoln Park Academy (teacher)
Library of Congress (librarian)
North Carolina Central University (professor)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Zeta Phi Beta
Guggenheim Fellowship (1937)
Bethune-Cookman College Award for Education and Human Relations (1956)
Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities
Ann Watkins
Jean Parker Waterbury

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February Group Read: Their Eyes Were Watching God em 2015 Category Challenge (Março 2015)


This book is set a generation after slavery ended providing many powerful conversations about the change in circumstance. The book is mostly conversations following the protagonist, Janie, describing her past. Narrating events that occurred in mostly three marriages. The narration is meant to provide her voice to the gossip around her. The first marriage was more arrange between Janie’s grandmother and the suitor. Janie’s grandmother wanted Janie to be safe. The third husband, Janie chose for love.

A fiercely independent woman who does not like being misunderstood. The trials and struggles for Janie force her to better understand herself and learn more about life. Most chapters have eloquent generalizations about life. Per the setting, every conversation is held in broken English. It becomes difficult to understand the situation and what is being said given the broken English.
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Eugene_Kernes | 347 outras críticas | Jun 4, 2024 |
Some of the most polished and insightful prose I’ve encountered. A protagonist of strength and beauty in a world that felt true.
Amateria66 | 347 outras críticas | May 24, 2024 |
(Available in Print: (1937), 10/24/2000; PUBLISHER: Amistad; First Hardcover Edition; ISBN: 978-0060199494; PAGES: 256; Unabridged.)

(Available as Digital)

*This edition-Audio: COPYRIGHT: 10/31/2005; ISBN: 9780060842765; PUBLISHER: Harper Audio; DURATION: 06:44:30; PARTS: 7; Unabridged; FILE SIZE: 194251 KB

TV FILM ADAPTAION: GENRE: Drama; BASED ON: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; WRITTEN BY: Suzan-Lori Parks, Misan Sagay, Bobby Smith Jr.; DIRECTED BY: Darnell Martin;
PRESENTED BY: Oprah Winfrey; STARRING: Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Michael Ealy; MUSIC BY: Terence Blanchard; COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States;
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Oprah Winfrey, Kate Forte; PRODUCER: Matthew Carlisle; CINAMAPHOTOGRAPHY: Checco Varese; EDITOR: Peter C. Frank; RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes; PRODUCTION COMPANY: Harpo Films; DISTRIBUTOR Touchstone


(Not comprehensive. I was listening rather than reading, so may not have spelled names correctly)
Janie Crawford – Protagonist
Pheoby – Janie’s friend
Nanny – Janie’s grandmother
Johnny Taylor - Janie’s neighbor
Logan Killicks – Nanny’s choice for Janie’s suitor
Jody (Joe) Starks – Janie’s love interest
Vergible Woods (Tea Cake) – Janie’s love interest
Mrs. Turner – Janie’s neighbor
Motorboat – Teacake’s friend

I entered this book on my list of ‘want to reads” after reading “The Paris Library” where it was mentioned multiple times, and understandably; philosophical and poetic, it’s a great story.

Zora Neale Hurston – “(January 7, 1891[1]: 17 [2]: 5  – January 28, 1960) was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1900s American South and published research on hoodoo.[3] 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.” __Wikipedia

Ruby Dee: “Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist.[1] She originated the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961). Her other notable film roles include The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) and Do the Right Thing (1989).” __Wikipedia
Ruby's narration was fabulous!

Classic Literature; Fiction; African American Fiction; Harlem Renaissance; Women’s Literature;

Soth Florida; Eatonville, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Belle Glade (Muck City), Florida; Everglades

Early 20th Century

1928 Okeechobee hurricane; Gender roles; Family relations; Love; Romance; Survival; Marriage; African American; Post American Civil War; Post-Slavery Florida; Trial; Beauty; Liberation; Eye dialect

"To Henry Allen Moe"

From Chapter 1
"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by time. That is the life of men.
Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.
So the beginning of this was a woman and she had come back from burying the dead. Not the dead of sick and ailing with friends at the pillow and the feet. She had come back from the sodden and the bloated; the sudden dead, their eyes flung wide open in judgement.
The people all saw her come because it was sundown. The sun was gone, but he had left his footprints in the sky. It was the time for sitting on porches beside the road. It was the time to hear things and talk. These sitters had been tongueless, earless, eyeless conveniences all day long. Mules and other brutes had occupied their skins. But now, the sun and the bossman were gone, so the skins felt powerful and human. They became lords of sounds and lesser things. They passed nations through their mouths. They sat in judgement.
Seeing the woman as she was made them remember the envy they had stored up from other times. So they chewed up the back parts of their minds and swallowed with relish. They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs. It was cruelty. A mood come alive. Words walking without masters; walking altogether like harmony in a song.
'What she doin' coming back here in dem overhalls? Can't she fin no dress to put on?--Where's dat blue satin dress she left here in?--Where all dat money her husband took and died and left her?--What dat ole forty year ole 'oman doin' wid her hair swingin' down her back lak some young gal?--Where she left dat young lad of a boy she went off here wid?--Though she was goint to marry?--Where he left her?--What he done wid all her money?--Betcha he off wid some gal so young she ain't even got no hairs--why she don't stay in her class?--"

RATING: 4 stars.
5-16-2022 to 5-20-2022
… (mais)
TraSea | 347 outras críticas | Apr 29, 2024 |
"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board...for some they sail forever on the horizon..."
Janie is a young African-American woman with dreams of romance. She experiences a longing "for the world to be made." (p. 11) These dreams are circumvented by her grandmother who marries her off to Logan Killicks, a well-off older man so that Janie can have a more secure life. Janie tries to love him, but finally realizes that "marriage does not make love. Janie's first dream was dead, so she became a woman." (p. 25)
She eventually runs off twice to find a better, more adventurous life. The first one, Joe Starks, intends to become a rich and important person. Although his plans prove successful, the life Janie lives becomes suffocating. It is only when she meets Tea Cake, who has nothing but love to offer, does she learn to live fully and adventurously. "She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net....so much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see."
The book gives a first hand account of the African American experience of the early 20th century- the racism and classism(based on not only money but racial features-i.e. Mrs. Turner who "built an altar to Cuaucasian characteristics for all" p. 145) experienced, the search for a voice and a place to make a free and independent life, as well as the misogyny evident in the lives of women. (For instance, in a fit of jealousy, Tea Cake whips Janie and then is proud that due to her light skin, every bruise is visible.)
This brilliant novel cocludes that the gossip that surrounds her come from people that have never truly experienced life or love. "Two things everybody's got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got to find out about livin fu theyselves." (p. 192)
How true! There is a reason this book is one of the list of "The Greatest Books".
… (mais)
Chrissylou62 | 347 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |


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