Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was an influential African American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She is best known for her novel 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' and her contributions to African American literature and the Harlem Renaissance.


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  1. 1. Their Eyes Were Watching God

    This novel follows the life of Janie Crawford, a young African-American woman, in the early 20th century. She embarks on a journey through three marriages and self-discovery while challenging the societal norms of her time. The narrative explores her struggle for personal freedom, fulfillment, and identity against the backdrop of racism and gender expectations, ultimately emphasizing the importance of independence and personal growth.

    The 44th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Moses, Man Of The Mountain

    In this novel, the iconic biblical tale of Moses is reimagined through a unique blend of folklore, cultural anthropology, and African American spirituality. The story follows Moses, a powerful and complex figure, as he leads his people out of Egypt and slavery, challenging both the Pharaoh's tyranny and the skepticism of his followers. The narrative weaves together themes of leadership, faith, and liberation, while exploring the intersections of race, religion, and power. The author infuses the ancient story with rich vernacular and a deep understanding of the African American experience, offering a fresh perspective on a timeless epic.

    The 1764th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography

    "Dust Tracks on a Road" is an autobiography that delves into the life of a prominent African American woman who grew up in the rural South during the early 20th century. She discusses her struggles and triumphs as she navigates through racial discrimination, gender bias, and her rise to fame as a renowned writer and anthropologist. The book provides an insightful look into the author's perspective on race, gender, and identity, offering a unique and personal view of the African American experience during a time of significant social and cultural change.

    The 1945th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Tell My Horse

    The book is an anthropological exploration of the rich cultural tapestry of Jamaica and Haiti in the late 1920s and early 1930s, delving into the rituals, customs, and social structures of the islands with a particular focus on Voodoo and Obeah practices. The author, an African American folklorist and writer, immerses herself in the communities she studies, providing vivid descriptions and analyses of ceremonies, dances, and religious practices, while also examining the political and social issues of the time. Her work offers a unique blend of personal narrative and scholarly observation, shedding light on the complexities and nuances of Caribbean culture and spirituality.

    The 4036th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Complete Stories

    "The Complete Stories" is a collection of short stories that explore the complexities of African American life, particularly in the rural South. The author uses rich, vibrant language to create a tapestry of human emotion, delving into themes of love, loss, race, and gender. The stories range from humorous to tragic, and each one provides a unique perspective on the human experience. The author's profound understanding of African American culture and her ability to bring her characters to life make this collection a must-read.

    The 8201st Greatest Book of All Time