Her biographer Robert Hemenway said “Zora Hurston was an extraordinarily witty woman and she acquired an instant reputation in New York for her high spirits and side-splitting takes of Eatonville life. She could walk into a room of strangers…and almost immediately gather people charm, amuse and empress them.”
During this time she worked as secretary for Fannie Hurst and entered Bernard College
Her career took her into two directions- at Bernard she developed an interest in black Folk tradition by studying with the famous anthropologist Franz Boas, and in Harlem she became well known as a story teller
The Eatonville Anthology: Here she brings together many of the stories about Eatonville’s residents that she told at parties in Harlem. The stories are cast in the forms of traditional African American tales. It is comprised of fourteen short sketches which offer humorous commentary on lives of the characters of Eatonville.
How It Feels to Be Colored Me: Here Hurston shows us how proud she is about being a woman of color in a world full of discrimination against black people. In this story she explains how she was not always colored and how she became colored. She also explains that she only feels colored when she is with white people. She is not bitter about slavery because she feels that being bitter about it will only hold her back.
The Gilded Six-Bits: is a story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. It portrays the happy domestic life of two young newly weds, Joe and Missie May and shows the havoc that is wreaked when a slick and sophisticated outsider comes into their community and into their home.