His grandfather, William —   or   had made the family fortune in the maritime trade with Baltic countries and had twice been elected mayor of Hull. He attended an "indifferent" boarding school in Putney for two years.
This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. January Learn how and when to remove this template message By the mids, Hurston had published several short stories and the critically acclaimed Mules and Mena groundbreaking work of "literary anthropology" documenting African-American folklore from timber camps in North Florida.
Inshe collaborated with Langston Hughes on Mule Bone: It was published posthumously and staged on Broadway in There was only one performance of The Great Day, despite the positive reviews. No producers wanted to move forward with a full run of the show.
Hurston had a strong belief that folk should be dramatized. Hurston's first three novels were published in the s: InHurston was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct ethnographic research in Jamaica and Haiti. Tell My Horse documents her account of her fieldwork studying spiritual and cultural rituals in Jamaica and vodoun in Haiti.
Her last published novel, Seraph on the Suwaneenotable principally for its focus on white characters, was published in It explores images of " white trash " women. Jackson argues that Hurston's meditation on abjection, waste, and the construction of class and gender identities among poor whites reflects the eugenics discourses of the s.
She also contributed to Ruby McCollum: Woman in the Suwannee Jaila book by journalist and civil rights advocate William Bradford Huie.
Posthumous publications[ edit ] Hurston's manuscript Every Tongue Got to Confessa collection of folktales gathered in the s, was published posthumously after being discovered in the Smithsonian archives. Woman in the Suwannee Jailto which Hurston had contributed, for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American true crime writing.
Hurston's nonfiction book Barracoon was published in Many readers objected to the representation of African-American dialect in Hurston's novels, given the racially charged history of dialect fiction in American literature. Her stylistic choices in dialogue were influenced by her academic experiences.
Thinking like a folklorist, Hurston strove to represent speech patterns of the period which she documented through ethnographic research. Dat's a big ole resurrection lie, Ned.
Uh slew-foot, drag-leg lie at dat, and Ah dare yuh tuh hit me too. You know Ahm uh fightin' dawg and mah hide is worth money. Hit me if you dare! Ah'll wash yo' tub uh 'gator guts and dat quick. Several of Hurston's literary contemporaries criticized her use of dialect as a caricature of African-American culture rooted in a racist tradition.
These writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance were critical of Hurston's later work, which in their view did not further the movement.
The sensory sweep of her novel carries no theme, no message, no thought. In the main, her novel is not addressed to the Negro, but to a white audience whose chauvinistic tastes she knows how to satisfy. She exploits that phase of Negro life which is "quaint," the phase which evokes a piteous smile on the lips of the "superior" race.
Other popular African-American authors of the time, such as Ralph Ellisondealt with the same concerns as Wright. Hurston, who was a conservative, was on the other side of the disputes over the promise left-wing politics held for African-Americans.
She wrote in a letter: But … I have made phenomenal growth as a creative artist. The city celebrates Hurston annually through various events such as Hattitudes, birthday parties, and a several-day festival at the end of April known as Zora!
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