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Zora! : the life of Zora Neal Hurston

by Fradin, Judith Bloom,

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 8 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Juvenile Nonfiction j BIOGRAPHY HURSTON
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Braddock Carnegie Library Juvenile Non Fiction J 92 HUR
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Collection  Juvenile Non Fiction
 
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CLP - Library for the Blind Teen Large Print Books PS3515.U789 Z69 2012 CL10549
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction PS3515.U789 Z69 2012
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Nonfiction J 92 HUR
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Call Number  J 92 HUR
 
 
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B HURSTON
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Collection  Children's Biography
 
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Biography J 92 HURSTON BIOGRAPHY
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Oversize IN TRANSIT
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Summary
Zora Neale Hurston was confident, charismatic, and determined to be extraordinary.
As a young woman, Hurston lived and wrote alongside such prominent authors as
Langston Hughes and Alain Locke during the Harlem Renaissance. But unfortunately,
despite writing the luminary work Their Eyes Were Watching God, she was always short
of money. Though she took odd jobs as a housemaid and as the personal assistant to
an actress, Zora often found herself in abject poverty. Through it all, Zora kept writing.
And though none of her books sold more than a thousand copies while she was alive,
she was rediscovered a decade later by a new generation of readers, who knew they
had found an important voice of American Literature.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This accessible biography introduces Zora Neale Hurston's remarkable life and work to a new generation of readers. As a child in Eatonville, Florida, self-confident Hurston believed the moon followed her. Organized chronologically, the Fradins' book follows Hurston's bumpy yet fascinating career as she moves from Florida to NYC and into the exciting world of the Harlem Renaissance. Hurston wandered for the majority of her life, including a long stint traveling through the South collecting lies (folktales). In spite of her struggles with poverty, she was determined to become a successful writer but she never saw fortune in her lifetime. When she died, in 1960, her books were out of print; Hurston's works were rediscovered in the late 1970s, and Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) is now considered a seminal work of African American literature. Clearly written text and period photos paint a picture of a larger-than-life, spirited woman and the times in which she lived. Two of Hurston's collected lies, along with a time line, source notes, bibliography, and index, round out this portrait of an American luminary.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This accessible and entertaining biography of the gifted, energetic, and ambitious African-American author of Their Eyes Were Watching God engages the dreams, challenges, and accomplishments of Hurston, who garnered some recognition during her lifetime, but achieved fame only after her death. Beginning with a striking scene of the 59-year-old Hurston, already a well-known author, working as a white family's domestic helper because she needed a paycheck, the Fradins (Stolen into Slavery) establish the complexities of Zora's inner and external worlds, before offering highlights of her life in chronological order. These include her idyllic childhood in the all-black town of Eatonville, Fla.-where she read books, played baseball, and listened to "lying sessions" (storytelling) at the general store-as well as her decade spent as a working college student, her tumultuous friendship with Langston Hughes, literary ventures, anthropological research, three short-lived marriages, and late-life poverty. Photographs of family, friends, and patrons (including one of Zora and her car, "Sassy Susie") add resonance, as does her own voice, in quotations from letters and her autobiography. Zora's creative, hopeful, and complicated personality shines through this compelling profile. Ages 9-12. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Hurston, Zora Neale -- Juvenile literature.
Hurston, Zora Neale.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American authors -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Folklorists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
African American authors -- Biography.
African American women -- Biography.
Folklorists -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Boston :Clarion Books,2012
Other Titles Life of Zora Neal Hurston
Contributors Fradin, Dennis B., author
Language English
Description xi, 180 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-172) and index.
ISBN 9780547006956
0547006950
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