Welcome to the official web site of Zora Neale Hurston

 Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature. Hurston was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance and has influenced such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Gayle Jones, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara.

In 1975, Ms. Magazine published Alice Walker's essay, "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston" reviving interest in the author. Hurston's four novels and two books of folklore resulted from extensive anthropological research and have proven invaluable sources on the oral cultures of African America.

Through her writings, Robert Hemenway wrote in The Harlem Renaissance Remembered, Hurston "helped to remind the Renaissance--especially its more bourgeois members--of the richness in the racial heritage."


Books

Moses, Man of the Mountain

"The real thing, warm, humorous, poetic."
— The New Yorker

Jonah’s Gourd Vine

"a bold and beautiful book, many a page priceless and unforgettable."
— Carl Sandburg

Seraph on the Sewanee

"A simple, colorfully written, and moving novel."
— Saturday Review of Literature

The Six Fools

"Awarded New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing""

What’s the Hurry Fox?

"Stories rich in insight [and] humor."
— Rocky Mountain News

The Skull Talks Back and Other Haunting Tales

"Zora's work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers."
— Edwidge Danticat

Tell My Horse

"Strikingly dramatic, yet simple and unrestrained...an unusual and intensely interesting book richly packed with strange information."
— New York Times Book Review

The Three Witches

"Zora's work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers."
— Edwidge Danticat

Every Tongue Got to Confess

"An extraordinary treasure."
— Boston Globe

Dust Tracks on a Road

"Warm, witty, imaginative, and down-to-earth by turns, this is a rich and winning book by one of our genuine, Grade A, folk writers."
— The New Yorker

Their Eyes Were Watching God

"One of the greatest writers of our time"
— Toni Morrison

Mule Bone

"Zora's work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers."
— Edwidge Danticat

Mules and Men

"Simply the most exciting book on black folklore and culture I have ever read."
— Roger D. Abrahams

Lies and Other Tall Tales

"Zora's work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers."
— Edwidge Danticat

The Complete Stories

"Zora's work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers."
— Edwidge Danticat

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From: Mules and Men

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