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    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    ISBN-10: 0060199490
    ISBN-13: 9780060199494
    Author(s): Zora Neale Hurston
    Description: Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is a luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and  More...
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    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 256
    Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.034
    Language: English

    Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is a luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to seventy years. This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates, boldly and brilliantly, African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a black woman, who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard. Originally published in 1937, Their Eyes Were Watching God met significant commercial but divided critical acclaim. Somewhat forgotten after her death, Zora Neale Hurston was rediscovered by a number of black authors in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and reintroduced to a greater readership by Alice Walker in her 1972 essay "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," written for Ms. magazine. Long out of print, the book was reissued after a petition was circulated at the Modern Language Association Convention in 1975, and nearly three decades later Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel of American fiction. With a new foreword by the celebrated novelist Edwidge Danticat -- author of Eyes, Breath, Memory; The Farming of Bones; and Krik?Krak! -- this edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God commemorates the singular, inimitable voice in America's literary canon and highlights its unusual publication history.

    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.

    Context
    Plot Overview
    Character List
    Analysis of Major Characters
    Janie
    Tea Cake
    Jody Starks
    Themes, Motifs & Symbols
    Language: Speech and Silence
    Power and Conquest as Means to Fulfillment
    Love and Relationships Versus Independence
    Community
    Race and Racism
    The Folklore Quality of Religion
    Hair
    The Pear Tree and the Horizon
    The Hurricane
    Summary & Analysis
    Chapters 1-2
    Chapters 3-4
    Chapter 5
    Chapter 6
    Chapters 7-8
    Chapters 9-10
    Chapters 11-12
    Chapters 13-14
    Chapters 15-16
    Chapters 17-18
    Chapter 19
    Chapter 20
    Important Quotations Explained
    Key Facts
    Study Questions & Essay Topics
    Study Questions
    Suggested Essay Topics
    Review & Resources
    Quiz
    Suggestions for Further Reading

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