Zora Neale Hurston Biography

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Zora Neale Hurston
The Harlem Renaissance was a period of incredible poetic Genius originating in Harlem New York. The Harlem Renaissance took place from 1918 up until about 1937. Several Famous American writers were born during this era. Arguably the best female writer of the bunch was Zora Neale Hurston. (CHDR)
Hurston was born on January 15th 1891 in Notasulga Alabama to a poor African American family. They later moved to Eatonville Florida, an all-black community when Hurston was still a baby. Her father was Reverend John Hurston the minister of the town. Her mother was Lucy Anne Potts, she had 7 siblings. Home life was fantastic and she couldn’t complain up until around 1904. (CHDR)
On September 18th 1904 Lucy Anne Potts died young of
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They urged her to move away from Baltimore and the bad memories it brought her. So reluctantly Hurston moved into a small apartment on the west side of Harlem. This was around the same time period when she wrote her most famous novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. It was a story of love lost loosely based on a relationship she once had. (Bio)
Harlem New York was a perfect fit for Hurston, she loved the atmosphere of the city and it inspired many works. Hurston attended an Awards Banquet in 1925 where she won 3 awards on 2 of her poems and “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. She met several writers there as well such as: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Carl Van Vechten, Fannie Hurst and Annie Meyer. Hurston also met Charlotte Mason and went into a partnership with her on her work. The partnership ended when Hurston realized that Mason was controlling her every move. (Bio,CHDR)
Hurston Went back to college at Barnard College in her 40’s to get a degree in writing. She got in because the co-founder Annie Nathan Meyer Gave her a recommendation and helped her get a scholarship. She got her degree and made several more novels after “TEWWG”. She became quite popular around Harlem around this time. It always seemed like she had financial problems despite her success. No one ever figured out exactly where her money was going but we assume it was student loans and materials for her novels.
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