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Rhythm and Folklore: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston
     

Rhythm and Folklore: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston

by Kerrily Sapet
 
Zora Neale Hurston always yearned for a life of independence and adventure. But born at a time when there were few opportunities for black people, and even fewer for black women, many of Zora's relatives, including her stern father, thought her ambitions and dreams were unrealistic and even dangerous. Her mother always believed in her though, and inspired in Zora a

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Zora Neale Hurston always yearned for a life of independence and adventure. But born at a time when there were few opportunities for black people, and even fewer for black women, many of Zora's relatives, including her stern father, thought her ambitions and dreams were unrealistic and even dangerous. Her mother always believed in her though, and inspired in Zora a love of reading and learning.

Zora struggled through her hard youth and the death of her beloved mother by engrossing herself in the stories and folktales of the people of Eatonville, Florida, but when she grew into a young woman, clashes with her stepmother pushed her to Washington, D.C., where she attended prep school and Howard University. As she began a career as a writer, Zora moved to New York, where she became a vital member of the burgeoning Harlem Renaissance.

After studying anthropology, Zora began traveling, collecting the stories of her youth to share them with the world. Her travels took her back into the Deep South, into the tropics of the Bahamas, and into the mysterious and dangerous world of voodoo. She had many love affairs and married often, but her commitment to her independence and her career were unflappable. Through it all, she maintained a self-love, pride, and an overwhelming joy in life and being herself that defined her life and her work, and inspires so many today.

About the Author:
Kerrily Sapet is the author of a number of books for Morgan Reynolds

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Sapet has added to the growing number of biographies on this literary figure aimed at young adults. She places particular emphasis on Hurston's turbulent personal life and on her struggle to live independently despite constant financial troubles. Everything was against her: her race, her gender, her temperament, her worldview. But she was a force of nature, a true "genius of the South." Her life was a great adventure, and readers will be caught up in its many twists and turns. The author also helps define Hurston as a pioneering folklorist and ethnographer, roles that are less evident in other biographies. Good-quality black-and-white and full-color photos appear throughout. This clearly written and well-documented book should be useful for reports and will enhance teen biography sections. Those who want to read more about Hurston and her literary contributions should turn to Robert E. Hemenway's groundbreaking adult biography (Univ. of Illinois, 1980).-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599350677
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds Pub
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Morgan Reynolds World Writers Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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