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Zora Neale Hurston : a biography of the spirit
Plant, Deborah G.
Adult Nonfiction PS3515.U789 Z824 2007

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Radiant light, sun, and ancestral light are the central metaphors shining through this latest biography of Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). Plant (Africana studies, Univ. of South Florida; Every Tub Must Sit on Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston) adds new dimension to the body of biographical literature already published, earnestly portraying Hurston's vitality and spirituality, characteristics that enabled her to achieve innumerable accomplishments after a life at odds growing up in the Jim Crow South. The tenacious Hurston suffered familial abandonment, successive homelessness, intractable poverty, public humiliation, and eventual isolation. Yet she was a furnace of self-empowerment and forged alliances with such fellow notable writers as Fanny Hurst and Langston Hughes. Plant's well-documented portrayal of Hurston the woman, the anthropologist, the folklorist, the dramatist, the novelist, and the bona fide Voodoo Queen draws from and builds on established Hurston studies, the writer's 1942 autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road; and newly discovered material. Among the extras are statements from college students on Hurston's ongoing influence and extensive notes. An inspiring read recommended for all libraries.--Katharine A. Webb, Ohio State Univ. Libs., Columbus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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