Go gator and muddy the water : writings

by Hurston, Zora Neale.

Format: Print Book 1999
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When Pamela Bordelon was researching the Florida Federal Writers Project, she discovered writings in the collection that were unmistakably from the hand of Zora Neale Hurston, one of the leading writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Over half of the works included here have not been published before or are only available in the Library of America edition of Hurston's works. Hurston's novels draw upon her interest in folklore, particularly that of Florida. Here is seen the roots of that work, from the tale of the monstrous alligator living in a local lake to her recording of folk songs on her work in children's games and the black church. There are also controversial essays on race and the work of black artists.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "While researching the Florida Federal Writers Project (FWP), Bordelon discovered work by Hurston, who generally drew a veil over the fact that in 1938^-39 economic need forced her to take a relief job with the New Deal agency. Bordelon has gathered Hurston's FWP work and adds a thoughtful biographical essay. The collection opens with essays on folklore and folktales, including the title work, "The Sanctified Church," "Negro Mythical Places," and tales she wrote for an FWP auto guide to the state. The short essays Bordelon groups as "Florida Images" are Hurston's brief descriptions of her hometown, Eatonville, an all-black Florida town, and of the turpentine and citrus industries. Two essays address issues of race directly, and the collection closes with "The Fire Dance," a piece Hurston sometimes performed from The Great Day, her folkloric production that appeared off-Broadway in 1932, and the transcript of a 1939 WPA interview with Hurston. Appropriate for libraries where Hurston's other work has been popular. --Mary Carroll"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The writings of distinguished African-American Harlem Renaissance author, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist Hurston during her tenure (1938-39) in the Florida division of the Federal Writers Project, many of them previously unpublished, are collected here. They are augmented by Bordelon's biographical essay about Hurston's life during the year she participated in the project, and by her analysis and commentary. The FWP, a federally funded relief program that provided impoverished writers with employment, offered Hurston the lowliest position of "relief reporter," a title for which she was clearly overqualified. But Hurston, just three generations away from slavery, was accustomed to discrimination in a South where Jim Crow laws were still staunchly upheld. As a reporter for the FWP she was assigned to write 1500 words per week describing the lore of African-American Floridians, as part of a larger project, which was never realized and which, moreover, deleted most of Hurston's contributions from the manuscript-in-progress. Other work she submitted for the FWP was often ignored or heavily edited; a few pieces were included in an automotive guidebook, Florida. Included here are Hurston's transcriptions of African-American oral history: traditions, habits, folklore, lyrics and dances; as well as photographs of Hurston and associates, and her performance pieces and essays. Her notable observations on race, writing, her hometown and the upward mobility of blacks in her time are now invaluable historical resources. For Hurston fans, especially scholars, this book will offer a fuller picture of the writer's lesser-known literary endeavors. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Hurston, Zora Neale -- Knowledge -- Folklore.
Hurston, Zora Neale -- Knowledge -- Florida.
Federal Writers' Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Florida.
African Americans -- Florida -- Folklore.
African Americans -- Florida.
Tales -- Florida.
Publisher New York :W W. Norton,1999
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Bordelon, Pamela.
Language English
Description xvi, 199 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-191) and index.
ISBN 0393046958
0393318133 (pbk.)
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