Zora Neale Hurston[1]


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Zora Neale Hurston[1]

  1. 2. <ul><li>Published four novels, two books of folklore, an autobiography, numerous short stories, and several essays, articles and plays. </li></ul><ul><li>First gained recognition with short stories such as &quot;John Redding Goes to Sea&quot; and &quot;Spunk&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>First novel Jonah's Gourd Vine was published in 1934 to critical success </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Mules and Men also brought her acclaim, as did her autobiography. </li></ul><ul><li>Her final novel, Seraph on the Suwanee , was a failure. </li></ul><ul><li>Their Eyes WereWatching God is considered to be her greatest novel. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>About Zora as a child, and how she didn’t realize she was a ‘colored person’ until she was 13 when she was sent to school in Jacksonville </li></ul><ul><li>“ In my heart as well as in the mirror, I became a fast brown--warranted not to rub nor run.” </li></ul><ul><li>She speaks about how she is not ashamed or embarrassed or sad about being ‘colored’; that there are more important things to worry about </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.” </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>About a happy newlywed couple, Missie May & Joe; Joe showers his wife with loving praise and gifts. </li></ul><ul><li>They go out for ice cream one day, and while they are out they run into Otis Slemmons who appears to be rich and worldly, said to have gotten all his money from women. </li></ul><ul><li>Joe comes home early from work one day to find Slemmons sleeping with his wife, beats him up, and then takes Slemmons’ gold coins and keeps them as a reminder. Missie & Joe stay together, but their happiness is shattered. </li></ul><ul><li>He always keeps the gold coin on him to remind him of what’s happened. </li></ul><ul><li>Missie becomes pregnant, after the birth Joe finds out that the baby is his and not Slemmons, so he uses the gold coin to buy candies for his wife and new son. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>14 short sketches based loosely on folktales, jokes, and the author’s childhood memories. </li></ul><ul><li>The idea behind the anthology is that while each of these stories is a tale in itself, the narrator is an Eatonville resident who is sharing a history of the town and it’s people. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/hurs-zor.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.answers.com/topic/the-eatonville-anthology-story-4 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.zoranealehurston.com/biography.html </li></ul>