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Zora Neale Hurston

(1891 – 1960)

 

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Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, theireyes_std1anthropologist, and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She is noted as the first Black American to collect and publish African-American and Afro-Caribbean folklore. She was born in Alabama. In the first year or two of her life, her family moved to Eatonville, Florida, a small black community near Orlando. This community shaped her life and her writing. She is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.