"I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions." - Letter from Zora Neale Hurston to Countee Cullen
CHILDHOOD B. January 7, 1891 Notasulga, Alabama Moved to Eatonville, Florida as a toddler Eatonville was always home Slightly idealized
EATONVILLE Eatonville was the nation’s first incorporated black township. It was established in 1887. Growing up here influenced ZNH greatly—she was surrounded by positive, black role - models.
TRAGEDY STRIKES Hurstons mother died in 1904. Zora was only 13. She said, "That hour began my wanderings. Not so much in geography, but in time. Then not so much in time as in spirit .“ Her father quickly remarried Zora and her stepmother did not get along Leaves home
GOING BACK IN TIME In 1917, ZNH ended up in Baltimore where she knocked ten years of f her age so she could finish high school. She was ten years younger from that day on…
ZNH AND THE RENAISSANCE Zora graduated from Barnard college in 1928, where she had written—and published—several stories and articles. She “elbowed” her way into the Harlem Renaissance, befriending the likes of Langston Hughes
MAJOR WORKS Jonahs Gourd Vine (novel) Mules and Men (a collection of folklore). Their Eyes Were Watching God (novel, 1937) Her most famous and well-received novel Tell My Horse (a study of Caribbean Voodoo practices , 1938) Moses, Man of the Mountain (novel, 1939) Dust Tracks on a Road, (autobiography, 1942)
A FAMILIAR FATE Like many writers of her time, Hurston was not rich, although she was famous in her lifetime. She died on January 28, 1960 of a stroke. Her neighbors had to take up a collection for her funeral. Her grave remained unmarked until 1973.