Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays

Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays By Zora Neale Hurston Charles Mitchell Jean Lee Cole, Zora Neale Hurston Collected Plays Though she died penniless and forgotten Zora Neale Hurston is now recognized as a major figure in African American literature Best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God she also publ
  • Title: Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays
  • Author: Zora Neale Hurston Charles Mitchell Jean Lee Cole
  • ISBN: 9780813542911
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays By Zora Neale Hurston Charles Mitchell Jean Lee Cole, Though she died penniless and forgotten, Zora Neale Hurston is now recognized as a major figure in African American literature Best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, she also published numerous short stories and essays, three other novels, and two books on black folklore Even avid readers of Hurston s prose, however, may be surprised to knThough she died penniless and forgotten, Zora Neale Hurston is now recognized as a major figure in African American literature Best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, she also published numerous short stories and essays, three other novels, and two books on black folklore Even avid readers of Hurston s prose, however, may be surprised to know that she was also a serious and ambitious playwright throughout her career Although several of her plays were produced during her lifetime and some to public acclaim they have languished in obscurity for years Even now, most critics and historians gloss over these texts, treating them as supplementary material for understanding her novels Yet, Hurston s dramatic works stand on their own merits and independently of her fiction Now, eleven of these forgotten dramatic writings are being published together for the first time in this carefully edited and annotated volume Filled with lively characters, vibrant images of rural and city life, biblical and folk tales, voodoo, and, most importantly, the blues, readers will discover a real Negro theater that embraces all the richness of black life.
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      Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist and author In 1925, shortly before entering Barnard College, Hurston became one of the leaders of the literary renaissance happening in Harlem, producing the short lived literary magazine Fire along with Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman This literary movement became the center of the Harlem Renaissance.Hurston applied her Barnard ethnographic training to document African American folklore in her critically acclaimed book Mules and Men along with fiction Their Eyes Were Watching God and dance, assembling a folk based performance group that recreated her Southern tableau, with one performance on Broadway Hurston was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to travel to Haiti and conduct research on conjure in 1937 Her work was significant because she was able to break into the secret societies and expose their use of drugs to create the Vodun trance, also a subject of study for fellow dancer anthropologist Katherine Dunham who was then at the University of Chicago.In 1954 Hurston was unable to sell her fiction but was assigned by the Pittsburgh Courier to cover the small town murder trial of Ruby McCollum, the prosperous black wife of the local lottery racketeer, who had killed a racist white doctor Hurston also contributed to Woman in the Suwanee County Jail, a book by journalist and civil rights advocate William Bradford Huie.

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    1. Zora Neale Hurston takes us on a journey into the Jim Crow South in her plays I have been a big fan of August Wilson for several years now I had heard that he was indebted to Hurston for her groundbreaking work writing the dialect of Black folk authentically and valuing the unmatched richness of Black English I now see just how vast that debt was I had not known previously that she had written plays Their publication is a great service to the literary heritage of humanity.


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