The novel follows the fortunes of JanieCrawford, a black woman living in theblack town of Eaton, Florida
January 7, 1891 (Notasulga, Alabama) January 28, 1960 (Fort Pierce, Florida)(Stroke-69) She has published 4 novels and over 50 short stories, plays, and essays Best known for “Their Eyes Were Watching God” novel 5th of 8 children of John(Baptist Preacher) and Lucy Ann(Teacher) Hurston
Genre: American Southern Spiritual Journey Novel Characters Janie MaeSetting: 1920s or 1930s in Rural Florida Crawford Nanny CrawfordNarrator: Unknown, but presumably southern Logan Killicks based upon the dialogue Jody Starks Tea Cake Pheoby WatsonNarrator’s Tone: Sympathetic and affirming towards JanePoint of View: Third person, knows thoughts and insights, abstracted from Janie
Their Eyes Were Watching God was written during seven weeks in 1937 while in Haiti The first publication of Their Eyes Were Watching God was in September of 1937
“In Their Eyes Were WatchingGod Zora NealeHurston breathes humanity into both her menand women, and allows them to speak in their own voices.” --Alix Wilber
At the height of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston was theprominent black female writer in the United States.
Hurston’s use of dialect enraged other AfricanAmerican writers, such as Richard Wright, who accused her of “pandering to white readers by giving them the back stereotypes they expected.”
“We are apeople. A peopledo not throw theirgeniuses away. Ifthey do, it is outduty as witnessesfor the future tocollect themagain for the sakeof our children. Ifnecessary, boneby bone.”--Alice Walker