Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston Websites
This should be your first stop for all things Zora Neale Hurston. The attractive site offers a comprehensive introduction to Hurston's life and works, along with critical essays about her. It also has a guide for book clubs reading Hurston's works.
A Zora Neale Hurston fan has compiled this site with links to pretty much everything by or about Hurston on the web. It's a little messy, but spend time clicking around and you will uncover some interesting gems.
Hurston's hometown of Eatonville, Florida has had a complicated relationship with the writer. Residents—many of whom are still alive—were outraged when Hurston revealed personal information about their neighbors during her anthropological research in the 1930s. They've patched things up since, and now Eatonville hosts the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.
This site has information about Hurston's work as an anthropological researcher with the Works Progress Administration. She collected cultural material in Florida in the 1930s. It's a fascinating treasure trove of reports, audio recordings and photographs that this talented researcher uncovered during her time there.
The National Endowment for the Arts selected Their Eyes Were Watching God as part of the Big Read program, an effort to get communities to read the same book at the same time. It has useful information about Hurston and her book, including a historical timeline that puts the events of her life in context.
In 1952, Hurston was hired by the Pittsburgh Courier to cover the sensational trial of Ruby McCollum, a black woman tried for murdering her white lover. Hurston was fascinated by the case, which raised complicated issues of race and sex. The site was created by a writer with a forthcoming book about the event that brought the two women together.