Zora Neale Hurston Quotes


Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891– January 28, 1960) was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston’s four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

In addition to new editions of her work being published after a revival of interest in her in 1975, her manuscript Every Tongue Got to Confess (2001), a collection of folktales gathered in the 1920s, was published posthumously after being discovered in the Smithsonian archives.


Barracoon: The Story of the
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New York Times BestsellerAmazon's Best History Book of the Year 2018Time magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of 2018New York Public Library’s Best Book of 2018NPR’s Book Concierge Best Book of 2018Economist Book of the Year“A profound impact on Hurston’s literary...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
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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 SmithOne of th...
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Mules and Men
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Mules and Men is a treasury of black America's folklore as collected by a famous storyteller and anthropologist who grew up hearing the songs and sermons, sayings and tall tales that have formed an oral history of the South since the time of slavery. Returning to her ho...
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Tell My Horse: Voodoo and
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Based on acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica—where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer during her visits in the 1930s—Tell My Horse is a fascinating firsthand account of the mysteries of Voodoo. An...
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Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.

— Zora Neale Hurston

Nothing makes you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.

— Zora Neale Hurston