Zora Neale Hurston Biography

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Zora Neale Hurston's colorful life was a strange mixture of acclaim and censure, success and poverty, pride and shame.

However, her varied life, insatiable curiosity, and profound wit made her one of the most fascinating writers America has known.

Even her date of birth remains a mystery.

She claimed in her autobiography to have been born on 7 January 1903, but family members swore she was born anywhere from 1891 to 1902. What is known for certain is that she was born in Eatonville, Florida, which was to become the setting for most of her fiction and was the first allblack incorporated town in the nation. Growing up there, where her father was mayor, Hurston was largely sheltered from the racial prejudice African Americans experienced elsewhere in America.

At the age of fourteen, Hurston struck out on her own, working as a maid for white families, and was sent to Morgan...

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