Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 264 pages
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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.


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I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to. It is a rich and vibrant tale of love and laughter, life and loss, told from the viewpoint of Janie Crawford, the granddaughter of a slave and a child ... Read full review

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I tried reading this book some time ago and couldn't get through the vernacular, but when I saw it as an audiobook (my local library offers hoopla) with Rudy Dee as narrator, I was delighted. The ... Read full review

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Dedication EBook Extra
Foreword by Edwidge Danticat
Foreword by Mary Helen Washington Chapter 1
An Excerpt from Barracoon Chapter I
About the Author
Books by Zora Neale Hurston
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Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. An author of four novels (Jonah’s Gourd Vine, 1934; Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937; Moses, Man of the Mountain, 1939; and Seraph on the Suwanee, 1948); two books of folklore (Mules and Men, 1935, and Tell My Horse, 1938); an autobiography (Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942); and over fifty short stories, essays, and plays. She attended Howard University, Barnard College and Columbia University, and was a graduate of Barnard College in 1927. She was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. She died in Fort Pierce, in 1960.  In 1973, Alice Walker had a headstone placed at her gravesite with this epitaph: “Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South.”


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