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Author Moylan, Virginia Lynn.

Title Zora Neale Hurston's final decade / Virginia Lynn Moylan.

Imprint Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, c2011.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  813.52 H946Bm 2011    ---  Available
Description 193 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-186) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Zora Neale Hurston: a biographical sketch, 1891-1948 -- In hell's basement: Harlem, 1948-1949 -- Sunshine and Southern politics: Miami, 1950 -- Sara Creech and her beautiful doll: Belle Glade, 1950-1951 -- Herod the sun-like splendor: Eau Gallie, 1951-1956 -- Death on the Suwannee: Live Oak, 1952-1953 -- Crisis in Dixie: Eau Gallie, 1954-1956 -- Last horizon: Fort Pierce, 1956-1960 -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Select bibliography -- Index.
Summary From Publishers Weekly: Moylan's goal-"to freshly interpret" Zora Neale Hurston's tumultuous final decade, rocked by scandal and the author's controversial political views-is ill-met by this well-intentioned but clunky biography. Moylan, founding member of the Fort Pierce, Fla., Annual Zora Festival, draws heavily on two texts (Valerie Boyd's biography Wrapped in Rainbows, and Carla Kaplan's edition of Hurston's letters, Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters), supplemented by a number of interviews with the employers, acquaintances, and friends of Hurston's last decade. After a brief biographical sketch of Hurston's early years, Moylan addresses, in term-paperish prose, the false child molestation charges that, even after they were recanted, left Hurston's reputation in tatters, and her very controversial (in Moylan's words, "eccentric") objections to Brown v. Board of Education and desegregation on the grounds that, in her perspective, "racial uplift" would come by individual effort alone. Hurston's final creative projects-her development of an "anthropologically correct" black baby doll and planned biography of King Herod attest to how the famously idiosyncratic and iconoclastic writer remained deeply unpredictable and fascinating, and that her "lost years" merit a thoughtful and thorough biography. Unfortunately, this meandering, amateurish account isn't it.
Subject Hurston, Zora Neale -- Last years.
Hurston, Zora Neale -- Homes and haunts -- Florida.
Authors, American -- Homes and haunts -- Florida.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
African American women authors -- Biography.
African American authors -- Biography.
ISBN 9780813035789 (alk. paper)

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