Zora Neale Hurston : An Amazing Author Of The Twentieth Century

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Jazzmin Johnson
Alan Douglas
English 101
15 February 2017 Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston was an amazing author of the twentieth century. Hurston was famous for writing stories about the people and the folklore of her home town. She was born on January 7, 1891. She grew up in Eatonville, Florida, an all African-American town in the South. Hurston was the daughter of John Hurston, a farmer, carpenter, and later on a pastor. Her mother was also educated. She was a school teacher. Eatonville was a significant part of Hurston and was part of her writing throughout her life.
Hurston was the fifth of eight children. When she was thirteen her mother, Lucy Ann Potts Hurston died in 1904. Hurston had a hard time keeping a strong
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After a talk with the dean of Morgan Academy, Dean William Pickens found Residential Assistant position at the home of Dr. Baldwin for Hurston. Dr. Baldwin was a clergyman and a trustee at Morgan Academy. Mrs. Baldwin was on bed rest due to a broken hip. Hurston worked before and after school in the Baldwin house. She was given a tuition waiver to pay for room and board, plus two dollars a week. The Baldwins gave Hurston permission to use their personal library. If she found a poem in a favorite book, she would memorize the poem almost overnight. Hurston’s favorite classes were science, music, English and history.
In 1918, Hurston made it to Howard University. She quickly made friends with Bernice and Gwendolyn Hughes. Hurston had some doubts about fitting in at Howard University. She felt that she should have stayed at Morgan Academy, but Bernice and Gwendolyn’s cousin, May Miller, convinced Hurston that Howard was the right University for her. May’s words ran through Hurston’s mind. She knew that Howard was an amazing opportunity.
While attending Howard University, Hurston got a job as a manicurist at an African American owned barbershop. Hurston always worked around her college courses. In the morning, she would attend school at Howard, then she went to work in the afternoon until 8:00 in the evening. She worked near the National Press Club, the Capitol, and the Treasury Building. Hurston worked in what was then called the G Street. Hurston was
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