Zora Neale Hurston
?Summer Reading Assignment: Biography of Zora Neale Hurston
The quotation on her tombstone, ?A Genius of the South? is an understatement.
(Dickenson) Zora Neale Hurston is more than a genius. She is an inspiration to all kind of
people, but primarily African Americans. Her writings about everyday life help normal
people get through all kinds of troubles.
She was born on 7 January 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, but soon after, she
moved to Eatonville, Florida. Many people think that this was her place of birth, but it is
not. Most of her ideas for her writings come from her struggles while living in Eatonville.
Hurston?s mother, Lucy Hurston, died in 1904, and she took a dislike to her
stepmother. As a result, she left home and joined a traveling theatre company. This wasthe
beginning of Hurston?s education and future writing career. (Dickenson)
After leaving home, Hurston ended up at Morgan Academy where she finished
high school. In 1920, she enrolled in Howard University. After about a year, Hurston?s
first piece of work was published. In 1921, Howard University?s literary magazine
published one of her stories. She received more recognition later when another story
appeared in the New York Magazine Opportunity. Hurston won
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