Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) is one of the most significant African American writers of the 20th century. Born in Alabama, she grew up in a small town in Florida, where she developed an interest in African American folklore. In 1925 she moved to New York and became part of the Harlem Renaissance. She continued her anthropological research, and African American folklore is central to her fiction. This reference includes hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries on her works, characters, themes, motifs, family members, and acquaintances. Entries on the most important topics close with suggestions for further reading, and the volume concludes with extensive primary and secondary bibliographies. In addition, the book includes a short biography and chronology.
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