One of the twentieth century's most intriguing and complicated literary friendships was that between Zora Neale Hurston (18911960) and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (18961953). In death, their reputations have somewhat reversed, but when they met in the early 1940s, both were at the height of their' literary powers. Rawlings had already achieved wild success with her best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Yearling, while Hurston had published Their Eyes Were Watching God to mostly positive reviews, though some critics attacked her use of a "minstrel technique."
One was the daughter of an Alabama slave and the other was a transplanted upper-middle-class Yankee, yet they shared a mutual admiration for each other's writing and sensibilities, and by all accounts their friendship was warm and genuine. Yet at every turn, Rawlings's own racism and the societal norms' of the Jim Crow South loomed on the horizon, until her friendship with Hurston transformed Rawlings's views on the subject and made her an advocate for racial equality.
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About the Author
Anna Lillios, associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida, is the editor of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature. She is the director of the Zora Neale Hurston Electronic Archive as well as executive director and trustee of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society.
Table of Contents
1 "Friendship is a mysterious and ocean-bottom thing": The Hurston-Rawlings Friendship 14
2 "Thinking in heirogliphics": Mastering the Craft of Writing 42
3 Looking Back: Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road and Rawlings's Cross Creek 115
4 The Road Ahead: Hurston's and Rawlings's Last Works 158
Works Cited 187