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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 In 2018, her previously unpublished work, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, was published.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 de Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) 19,199 cópias
Mules and Men (1935) 1,098 cópias
The Complete Stories (1995) 471 cópias
Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939) 445 cópias
Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934) 426 cópias
Seraph on the Suwanee (1948) 324 cópias
The Sanctified Church (1981) 122 cópias
Lies and Other Tall Tales (2005) 96 cópias
Go Gator and Muddy the Water (1999) 91 cópias
Magnolia Flower (2022) 52 cópias
The Three Witches (2006) 48 cópias
The Six Fools (2005) 46 cópias
The Making of Butterflies (2023) 19 cópias
Zora Neale Hurston Boxed Set (2022) 13 cópias
Poker! (2011) 12 cópias
The Gilded Six-Bits (1933) 11 cópias
Spunk [play] (2016) 3 cópias
Stories (1996) 2 cópias
Lawing and Jawing 1 exemplar(es)
Jook 1 exemplar(es)
The Sermon in the Valley 1 exemplar(es)
The Complete Stories 1 exemplar(es)
Fast and Furious 1 exemplar(es)
Woofing 1 exemplar(es)
Drenched in Light 1 exemplar(es)
Forty Yards 1 exemplar(es)
The Fiery Chariot 1 exemplar(es)
The Bone Contention 1 exemplar(es)
Bahamas 1 exemplar(es)
The "Pet Negro" system 1 exemplar(es)
Railroad Camp 1 exemplar(es)
Cock Robin 1 exemplar(es)
Hurston Zora Neale 1 exemplar(es)
Early Works of Zora Neale Hurston (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Lenox Avenue 1 exemplar(es)
Cold Keener: A Review 1 exemplar(es)
Filling Station 1 exemplar(es)
Heaven 1 exemplar(es)
Mr. Frog 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuinte, algumas edições927 cópias
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contribuinte — 782 cópias
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 754 cópias
The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance (1925) — Contribuinte — 441 cópias
Great Short Stories by American Women (1996) — Contribuinte — 414 cópias
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contribuinte — 408 cópias
The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (1994) — Contribuinte — 408 cópias
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuinte — 399 cópias
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuinte — 281 cópias
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contribuinte — 208 cópias
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contribuinte — 189 cópias
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contribuinte — 168 cópias
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (1991) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (1998) — Contribuinte — 119 cópias
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuinte — 119 cópias
Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers (1995) — Contribuinte — 116 cópias
Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (1976) — Contribuinte — 107 cópias
Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960 (1987) — Contribuinte — 103 cópias
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
American Short Stories (1976) — Contribuinte, algumas edições95 cópias
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1657) — Contribuinte — 77 cópias
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Contribuinte — 66 cópias
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contribuinte — 64 cópias
American Negro Short Stories (1966) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural (2000) — Contribuinte — 58 cópias
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
The Sleeper Wakes: Harlem Renaissance Stories by Women (1993) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
Harlem's Glory: Black Women Writing, 1900-1950 (1996) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance (1994) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams (1998) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
Graphic Classics: African-American Classics (2011) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Miami Noir: The Classics (2020) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
Almost Touching the Skies: Women's Coming of Age Stories (2000) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Restless Spirits: Ghost Stories by American Women, 1872-1926 (1996) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
The Story Pocket Book (1944) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers (2018) — Diretor — 9 cópias
The Saturday Evening Post Stories: 1950 (1950) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
The Word Lives On: A Treasury of Spiritual Fiction (1951) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
American Short Stories (Oxford Literature Resources) (1992) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
New World Journal, Vol. 1, No.4 (1979) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
New World Journal #5 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
The Netzahualcoyotl News, Volume 1, Number 1 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Hurston, Zora Neale
Nome de batismo
Hurston, Zora Neale Lee
Outros nomes
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
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 todas 8)
Morgan Academy (1918)
Howard University (1920)
Barnard College (BA|Anthropology|1927)
Columbia University
short-story writer
teacher (mostrar todas 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 todas 12)
Patrick Air Force Base (librarian)
Fort Pierce Chronicle
Lincoln Park Academy (teacher)
Library of Congress (librarian)
North Carolina Central University (professor)
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
Pequena biografia



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


Some of the most polished and insightful prose I’ve encountered. A protagonist of strength and beauty in a world that felt true.
Amateria66 | outras 346 resenhas | 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 | outras 346 resenhas | 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 | outras 346 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |
This was my first pick to get me out of a slump. It started off slow and the language took a bit to get used to but once it got going it did not stop and kept you right there with Janie. Phenomenal read, very glad to have had this be my first book of the year
kfick | outras 346 resenhas | Mar 31, 2024 |


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