Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston Traditionally, African-American authors are known for writing about the struggles, trials and tribulations of the life of blacks. However, author Zora Neale Hurston broke out of that mold and brought something new to the table for audiences all over the world. Through examining the biography of her life, achievements, death and her lasting impressions; we will be able to explore what set Zora Neale Hurston apart from other African-American authors. Zora Neale Hurston, daughter of John and Lucy Ann, was born into a large family as the fifth of eight children on January 7th, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. (Contemporary Black Biography). There was a lot of discrepancy about her date of birth for reasons that will be explained further on. At the age of three, Zora and her family moved to the first all-black town in the United States, Eatonville, Florida. Her father, John, was a Baptist preacher, a farmer and later became the mayor of Eatonville (Contemporary Black Biography). Zora’s mother, Lucy Ann, a teacher and seamstress, was the catalyst for Zora’s outgoing and enthusiastic imagination; she was always encouraging Zora to “jump at de sun” (Bell). Sadly, at a very, young, tender age, Zora lost her number one fan, her mother. After the death of her mother, Zora’s whole world turned upside down. The once steady lifestyle she had with both parents in Eatonville made a drastic turn. Shortly after her mother passed, Zora’s father remarried and sent Zora to a boarding school in Jacksonville and attempted to relieve his responsibility of her (Contemporary Black Biography). At the age of 14, Zora was wayfaring all over. She was even traveling with a theatrical company until she left them in Baltimore, Maryland and enrolled at Morgan Academy (Contemporary Black Biography). Hurston was 26 years old, but was able to manage to

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