I love myself when I am laughing ... and then again when I am looking mean and impressive: a Zora Neale Hurston reader

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Feminist Press, 1979 - Fiction - 313 pages
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The most prolific African-American woman author from 1920 to 1950, Hurston was praised for her writing and condemned for her independence, arrogance, and audaciousness. This unique anthology, with 14 superb examples of her fiction, journalism, folklore, and autobiography, rightfully establishes her as the intellectual and spiritual leader of the next generation of black writers. In addition to six essays and short stories, the collection includes excerpts from Dust Tracks on the Road; Mules and Me; Tell My Horse; Jonah's Gourd Vine; Moses, Man of the Mountain; and Their Eyes Were Watching God. The original commentary by Alice Walker and Mary Helen Washington, two African-American writers in the forefront of the Hurston revival, provide illuminating insights into Hurston-the writer, the person-as well as into American social and cultural history.

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Review: I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... And Then Again: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader

User Review  - Madeleine D - Goodreads

What a masterpiece! Part of what makes this collection so close to my heart is its editorial work by Alice Walker. Walker's essay's reflecting on Hurston's life, particularly "Looking for Zora" give ... Read full review

Review: I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... And Then Again: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader

User Review  - Devan Bennett - Goodreads

The short stories were delightful, especially the Eatonville stories. However, I was disappointed to find that the anthology was mostly excerpts. I would have enjoyed reading more of Ms. Hurston's essays and musings. Read full review

Contents

Dedication By Alice Walker
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Introduction By Mary Helen Washington
7
Autobiography Folklore and Reportage
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Copyright

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About the author (1979)

Zora Neale Hurston was born in 1901 in Eatonville, Fla. She left home at the age of 17, finished high school in Baltimore, and went on to study at Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University before becoming one of the most prolific writers in the Harlem Renaissance. Her works included novels, essays, plays, and studies in folklore and anthropology. Her most productive years were the 1930s and early 1940s. It was during those years that she wrote her autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road, worked with the Federal Writers Project in Florida, received a Guggenheim fellowship, and wrote four novels. She is most remembered for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. She died penniless and in obscurity in 1960 and was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1973, her grave was rediscovered and marked and her novels and autobiography have since been reprinted.

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