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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

The wind came back with triple fury, and put out the light for the last timeā€¦ They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.


Zora Neale Hurston, 1934 (Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Hurston's Books Published during Her Life

Jonah's Gourd Vine, 1934; 1990.
Mules and Men, 1935; 1990.
Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937; 1990.
Tell My Horse, 1938; 1990.
Moses, Man of the Mountain, 1939; 1991.
Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942; 1996.
Seraph on the Suwanee, 1948; 1991.

Hurston's publisher during her life was J.B. Lippincott, with the exception of her last novel, which was republished by Scribner. Her reprinted works are published by HarperCollins.

Posthumously Published

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing . . . and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader. Ed. by Alice Walker. New York: The Feminist Press, 1979.

Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life. Written with Langston Hughes. Edited and with introductions by George Houston Bass and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991.

The Complete Stories. Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Sieglinde Lemke. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.

Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales from the Gulf States. Edited by Carla Kaplan, foreword by John Edgar Wideman. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

Other Works about Hurston and the Harlem Renaissance

Boyd, Valerie. Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Scribner, 2003.

Hemenway, Robert E. Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977.

Huggins, Nathan. Harlem Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.

Hurston, Lucy Anne, and the Estate of Zora Neale Hurston. Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Doubleday, 2002.

Kaplan, Carla, ed. Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters. New York: Doubleday, 2002.

Walker, Alice. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens. New York: Harcourt, 1983.

Wall, Cheryl A. Women of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.

"I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountains wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands."
—Zora Neale Hurston
Dust Tracks on a Road

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