Zora Neale Hurston, Ethnographer  

   Author: Maryann DiEdwardo Ed.D. 

       Zora Neale Hurston has been and continues to be my focus for research. Folklorist and novelist, prolific short-story writer and gifted ethnographer, she was one of the most talented writers of her era. Testimonials often combine with very specific types of literature. For example, Zora Neale Hurston used folk writing at first. Next, she wrote plays, essay, mixed works, and short stories. She studied Anthropology. She travelled to write about Haiti and wrote a very important work entitled Tell My Horses. Then, she wrote her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.  
          “The novelist Alice Walker placed a tombstone in the Garden of the Heavenly Rest in 1973” (Introduction, Hemenway).
                                                         Annotated Bibliography
Jarrett, Gene Andrew. The Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature: Volume 2, 1920 to the Present, First Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Wiley text is poignant with presentation of short biographical sketches before important works. For example, in the text, we can study a series of authors who represent important historical periods of African American Literature.
Hemenway. Zora Neale Hurston A Literary Biography with a Forward by Alice Walker. Chicago: University of Illinois, 1977. The book is 372 pages with twelve chapters. There is a foreword, preface, acknowledgements, abbreviations, introductions and Appendix. The book honors Zora as one who “belongs in the tradition of black women singers, rather than among the ‘literati'” (Walker, Forward). 
Hurston. “Magnolia Flower”. Archive. Lehigh University. Accessed 2016-3-1. The story signifies that interpersonal knowledge students need to filter the literature into meaningful attributes that echo their own lives” (Adjunct Life, EBook, Kindle Books, Maryann DiEdwardo).

Zora Neale Hurston. “Black Death”.


Reading the story takes me to the spiritual side of Zora. I am fascinated by her use of important aspects of voodoo to write the piece. Plus, themes focus on domestic abuse. Characterization is the most important aspect of the story.

Zora Neale Hurston 1943 Interview: Famous Author Discusses Zombies. Retrieved 14 September Video. 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/08/zora-neale-hurston-zombies-_n_2431526.htm

I am changed by the interview. Zora is an excellent speaker and author. Her use of important traditions to write make her so interesting. I am also studying her work Tell My Horses.

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