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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God


by Zora Neale Hurston

Current Events & Pop Culture

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"Jump at de Sun"

There are several biographies of Hurston, but writer Kristal Zook’s article “Jump de Sun” in The Nation is one of the more concise and complete accounts. Zook looks at how complex Hurston was as both a writer and a woman. We also get glimpses of how much Hurston fused elements of her own life into Their Eyes Were Watching God.


“Picture Zora: flagrantly smoking Pall Malls in public with an openly gay male friend; measuring the heads of strangers on Harlem street corners in famously brazen anthropometry experiments; driving a car (alone, female, along backwoods Southern roads in the 1920s, packing a chrome-plated pistol); marrying men decades her junior and promptly leaving them, while habitually lopping ten years or more off her own age.”