Zora Neale Hurston

"Mules and Men"



Zora Neale Hurston
October 5, 2000 11:00PM (UTC)

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), a legend in twentieth-century African American literature and the Harlem Renaissance, has influenced such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara. She was a novelist, folklorist, playwright, and anthropologist whose fictional and factual accounts of black heritage are considered by many to be unparalleled.

Her books include "Tell My Horse," "Mules and Men," "Dust Tracks on a Road," and "Mule Bone." "Their Eyes Were Watching God," however, is generally acknowledged to be Hurston's finest work of fiction. Still, it was controversial. Richard Wright once called the book "counter-revolutionary" in a New Masses article while Alice Walker has said, "There is no book more important to me than this one."

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Listen to MP3 excerpt of "Mules and Men," read by actress Ruby Dee and courtesy of HarperAudio.


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