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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)

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, 2004.
  • 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.
If you want to read other novelists influenced by Hurston, you might enjoy:
  • Toni Morrison's Jazz, 1992
  • Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place, 1982
  • Alice Walker's Meridian, 1976
If you want to read other writers of the Harlem Renaissance, you might enjoy:
  • Langston Hughes's The Weary Blues, 1926
  • James Weldon Johnson's The Book of American Negro Poetry, 1922
  • Jean Toomer's Cane, 1923

"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, from Dust Tracks on a Road

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