Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 - January 28, 1960) was an
American folklorist and author during the time of the Harlem
Renaissance, best known for the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching
The article "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston" by Alice Walker
was published in the March 1975 issue of Ms. Magazine. This article
revived interest in her work. The re-discovery of Hurston's work
coincided with the popularity and critical acclaim of authors such
as Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Walker herself, whose works are
centered on African American experiences which include, but do not
necessarily focus upon, racial struggle.
Biographies of Hurston include Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary
Biography by Robert Hemenway, Wrapped in Rainbows by Valerie Boyd,
and Speak So You Can Speak Again by Hurston's niece, Lucy Hurston.
Her hometown of Eatonville, Florida celebrates her life in an