A Finalist for the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in BiographyZora and Langston is the dramatic and moving story of one of the most influential friendships in literature.
They were best friends. They were collaborators, literary gadflies, and champions of the common people. They were the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance. Zora Neale Hurston, the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Langston Hughes, the author of “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and “Let America Be America Again,” first met in 1925, at a great gathering of black and white literati, and they fascinated each other. They traveled together in Hurston’s dilapidated car through the rural South collecting folklore, worked on the play Mule Bone, and wrote scores of loving letters. They even had the same patron: Charlotte Osgood Mason, a wealthy white woman who insisted on being called “Godmother.”
Paying them lavishly while trying to control their work, Mason may have been the spark for their bitter and passionate falling-out. Was the split inevitable when Hughes decided to be financially independent of his patron? Was Hurston jealous of the young woman employed as their typist? Or was the rupture over the authorship of Mule Bone? Yuval Taylor answers these questions while illuminating Hurston’s and Hughes’s lives, work, competitiveness, and ambition, uncovering little-known details.
Yuval Taylor is the coauthor of Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop and Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Antioch Review, the Oxford American, and other publications. He lives in Chicago.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Lovingly Yours 3
1 Spring 1925: Opportunity 7
2 1891-1924: I Laugh and Grow Strong 25
3 Summer 1926: The Niggerati 50
4 Spring 1927: Enter Godmother 83
5 Summer 1927: The Company of Good Things 98
6 Fall 1927: A Deep Well of the Spirit 127
7 Winter 1928-Winter 1930: This is Going to Be Big 135
Offers play therapists practical ways of handling a pervasive issue with intense and aggressive play
by their clients.With an understanding of aggressive play based on brain function and neuroscience, this book provides therapists with a framework to work authentically with ...
From an internationally acclaimed group of analysts, a selection of papers on the concept of
change.Since 1994, the Boston Change Process Study Group (BCPSG) has published articles on the most fundamental of therapeutic concepts: change. However, the BCPSG’s evolving interests ...
An exploration and celebration of a controversial tradition that, contrary to popular opinion, is alive
and active after more than 150 years. Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen investigate the complex history of black minstrelsy, adopted in the mid-nineteenth century by ...
Morning: bought a bag of frozen peas to numb my husband’s sore testicles after his
vasectomy. Evening: added thawed peas to our carbonara. from Heating & Cooling, Married Love, IVThe 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses ...
A transporting work of photographic history that offers a haunting vision of how Americans viewed
the world at the dawn of the twentieth century.Pull the yellowed card from the box and slide it into the viewer. Two binocular images, nearly ...
“Relentlessly observant, miraculously expressive, these [stories] see through the mirrored surface into a hidden yet
strangely intimate world.” New York Times Book ReviewSet in a tiny Czech community on the shores of Lost Lake, these stories chronicle three generations of ...
“Explores a large area of repertory that lies beyond the basic, with considerable attention paid
to American opera, but includes also the less familiar operas of Rossini, Verdi, Massenet, and Wagner. Freeman has organized his material in fastidious though not ...
An exploration of the ways the immune system, epigenetics, affect regulation, and attachment intersect in
mental health.The evolution of psychotherapy in the 21st Century demands integration. Instead of choosing from the blizzard of modalities and schools of the past, therapists ...