Happy birthday, Zora Neale Hurston

Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891. Also an American folklorist and anthropologist, Hurston wrote short stories, plays, essays and four novels including Their Eyes Were Watching God.

UIP has published a number of projects in relation to Hurston’s work and life.

Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography by Robert E. Hemenway has for decades been considered an important and notable full length study of Hurston’s life and art that includes a Foreword by Alice Walker.

Every Tub Must Sit on Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston by Deborah G. Plant is a discussion of Hurston’s personal philosophy of individualism and self-preservation.

Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston’s Cosmic Comedy by John Lowe examines Hurston as “a profoundly serious, experimental, subversive, and therefore unsettling artist.”

The Spring ’14 title Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian by Ethelene Whitmire examines part of the Harlem Renaissance period in which Hurston’s creativity thrived. Regina Anderston Andrews was the first African American to head a branch of the New York Public Library.  After hours Andrews cohosted a legendary salon that included Zora Neale Hurston.



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