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Zora By Dennis Brindell FradZora Neale Hurston was confident charismatic and determined to be extraordinaryAs a young woman Hurston lived and wrote alongside such prominent authors asLangston Hughes and Alain Locke during the Harlem Renaissance But unfortuna. I really enjoyed this uick read learning the life story of Zora Neale Hurston who authored one of my favorite novels of all time The insight I gained into her trials and triumphs her unwavering confidence despite mounds of rejection and little success during her lifetime allows me to appreciate her writings and the legacy she’s left much

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It all Zora kept writingAnd though none of her books sold than a thousand copies while she was aliveshe was rediscovered a decade later by a new generation of readers who knew theyhad found an important voice of American Literatur. Before this book was published I was offered a copy for review but when I agreed I was told that no copies were available However I recently obtained a copy Zora Neale Hurston 1891–1960 was an African American folklorist anthropologist and author born in Notasulga AL the fifth of eight children of John Hurston and Lucy Ann Hurston née Potts Her father was a Baptist preacher tenant farmer and carpenter and her mother was a school teacher When she was three her family moved to Eatonville Florida one of the first all black towns to be incorporated in the United States Her father later was elected as mayor of the town In 1904 Hurston’s mother died and her father remarried to Matte Moge who sent her away to a Baptist boarding school in Jacksonville FL From there Hurston worked at several different jobs attended a number of educational institutions and decided to become a writerIn 1921 Hurston wrote a short story “John Redding Goes to Sea” which ualified her to become a member of Alaine Locke’s literary club The Stylus She also studied anthropology and conducted ethnographic research in the United States the Caribbean and Central America For a time beginning in 1925 she lived in New York City and participated in the Haarlem Renaissance along with Langston Hughes Alain Locke Wallace Thurman and many others By the mid 1930s Hurston had published several short stories and the critically acclaimed Mules and Men 1935 a groundbreaking work of “literary anthropology” documenting African American folklore from timber camps in North Florida Unfortunately despite writing the luminary work Their Eyes Were Watching God her best known novel in 1937 Hurston was always short of money and often found herself in abject poverty None of her books sold than a thousand copies while she was alive and her work slid into obscurity for decades she was rediscovered a decade after her death by a new generation of readers and many of her titles have been reissued in recent yearsThis biography by husband and wife team Dennis and Judith Fradin who have written a number of superbly researched biographies for young readers begins with Hurston as a middle aged woman working as a maid to make ends meet goes back to chronicle her story from birth and then moves on to discuss the remainder of her life It is copiously illustrated with wonderful black and white photographs throughout However little is said of her basic conservatism She was an outspoken anti communist and generally objected to the New Deal supporting the 1952 presidential campaign of Senator Robert A Taft Also she opposed the Supreme Court ruling in the Brown v Board of Education case of 1954 saying that if separate schools were truly eual and she believed that they were rapidly becoming so educating black students in physical proximity to white students would not result in better education And she criticized preferential treatment for African Americans as if “a whole system must be upset for me to win” For those who are into studying “Black History Month” this book would make a good resource

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READ É Zora By Dennis Brindell Fradin ✓ Zora Neale Hurston was confident charismatic and determined to be extraordinaryAs a young woman Hurston lived and wrote alongside such prominent authors asLangston Hughes and Alain Locke during the Harlem Renaissance But unfortunatelydespite writing the luminary work Their Eyes Were Watching God she waTelydespite writing the luminary work Their Eyes Were Watching God she was always shortof money Though she took odd jobs as a housemaid and as the personal assistant toan actress Zora often found herself in abject poverty Through. Read this book because I had to do a project making a scrapbook of her life about Zora Neale Hurston for my eighth grade history class It was pretty interesting and told the story of her life well