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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God


by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God Resources

Movie or TV Productions

2005 TV Movie
Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God with Halle Berry as Janie.


Hurston's Anthropological Field Work

A dedicated anthropologist, Hurston worked for the WPA Federal Writers' Project to record black folklore, music, and rituals in Florida during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Library of Congress website has a full archive of the sound recordings Hurston and the other anthropologists collected during their time in Florida.

"Zora Neale Hurston, Through Family Eyes"

Lucy Ann Hurston on NPR talking about her famous aunt.


Janie and Tea Cake

A photo of Janie (Halle Berry) and Tea Cake from the movie.

Cover Art

Featuring the hurricane.

Cover Art

Janie under the blossoming tree.

Cover Art

More blossoms.


Hurston's Official Website

This website has a biography of Hurston, a timeline of her life, and plenty of other useful information on the author and her work.

Mules and Men

Before Hurston wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, she created a collection of folklore gathered from her research of black cultural life in Eatonville. That collection later became the book Mules and Men. Several of the folktales in the book can open new ways of understanding the folklore in Their Eyes, especially “Witness of the Johnstown Flood in Heaven.”

Hurston Archives

Various materials on Hurston's life from the University of Florida’s library archives.

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