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HER LIFE REFLECTED IN MAJOR WORKS ZORA NEALE HURSTON Zora Neale Hurston an early twentieth century Afro-American feminist author was raised in a predominately black community that gave her a unique perspective on race relations apparent in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God Hurston drew on her on experiences as a feminist Afro-American female to create a story about the transformation of Janie from a young unconfident girl to a thriving woman Janie experiences many things that make her a compelling character who takes readers along as her companion on her voyage to discover the mysteries and rewards life has to offer Hurston 23 Zora Neale Hurston was the daughter of a Baptist minister and an educated scholar who still believed in the genius contained within the common southern black vernacular Hurston was born on January 7 1891 in Eatonville Florida the first all-incorporated black town in America She found a special thing in this town where she said I grew like a like a gourd and yelled bass like a gator Gale 46 When Hurston was thirteen she was removed from school and sent to care for her brothers children She became a member of a traveling theater at the age of sixteen and then found herself working as a maid for a white woman This woman saw a spark that was waiting for fuel so she arranged for Hurston to attend high school in Baltimore She also attended Morgan Academy now called Morgan State University from which she graduated in June of 1918 She then enrolled in the Howard Prep School followed by later enrollment in Howard University In 1928 Hurston attended Barnard College where she studied anthropology under Franz Boas After she graduated Zora returned to Eatonville to begin work on anthropology Four years after Hurston received her BA from Barnard she enrolled in Columbia University to begin graduate work Discovering Authors Hurstons life seemed to be
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