Zora Neale Hurston Biography

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Zora Neale Hurston, a author and a Civil Rights activist was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama. Hurston created several works of fiction. She was the fifth of eight children born to John and Lucy Potts Hurston. She was also an folklorist and anthropologist who worked diligently to record the stories and tales of many cultures, including her own African-American heritage. As a leader in the Harlem Renaissance Hurston was a revolutionary in helping to protect the rights of African Americans. She was known during the Harlem Renaissance for her wit, irreverence, and folk writing style. Hurston was though most well known for her popular novels.
Where she was born has been the topic of some debate since Hurston wrote about it in her autobiography. Hurston was also known to adjust her birth year from time to time as well. Her father, John Hurston, was a pastor, and he moved the family to Florida when Hurston was very young. Her mother, Lucy Ann (Potts) Hurston died in 1904. Hurston lived with a variety of family members for the next few years.
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She also wrote several other plays, including The Great Day and From Sun to Sun. Hurston released her first novel, “Jonah's Gourd Vine”(1934). Two years later, she received a Guggenheim fellowship, which allowed her to work on what would become her most famous work: “Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)”. Hurston published her autobiography, “Dust Tracks on a Road.(1942)”. Hurston was charged with molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1948. She was able to prove that she was out of the country at the time of the incident, but she suffered immensely from this false accusation. She also wrote “Tell My Horse”, her study of Caribbean Voodoo practices, in 1938. Another book she wrote was “Moses, Man of the Mountain,(1939)”. She finally went on to publish a novel called “Seraph on the Suwanee (1948)” in the next following

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