Why did Hurston's star fade? Simple weariness, her correspondence suggests. She was happier, it seems, tilling her Florida garden than revealing her soul to the world. She was also not shy of crossing swords with the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes, and in a time of growing militancy and the awakening civil rights movement Hurston became increasingly conservative, developing political stances that, editor Kaplan writes, "have often baffled her admirers." Hurston developed a pen-stilling, probably ungrounded suspicion that anything she wrote would be stolen by other writers, who would "then hate me for being alive to make their pretensions out a lie. And then take all kinds of steps to head me off."
Having enjoyed early fame, Hurston died alone and in poverty. This well-assembled and very welcome book traces her sad path, and it adds much to our understanding of the once-neglected writer. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Her letters are inside proof of her amazing talent and joyful, triumphant will.
I can't stop reading her words and I have been returning to read her writings since I was a teen...so for almost 20 years but it remains new.
For this reason, I have read Valerie Boyd's excellent biography in tandem with Kaplan's collection of Hurston's letters.
I am delighted to let you know that the service and product were excellent. A good book to share!! Thanks for all!Published 18 months ago by Juanita Ingram
Nor is there any "review" that could be stuffed within 300 words that would summarize MY love for Zora Neale Hurston's work. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gem Avery
This collection of Hurston's letters not only offers insight into the life and thoughts of this fiercely independent and enigmatic writer, it also lends clarity to the historical... Read morePublished on January 21, 2004 by Jay-scott Moylan
An illuminating collection of letters and biography about one of our best American writers. Her rise in scholarship through sheer guts and tragic fading from popularity and... Read morePublished on December 22, 2003
What a great way to write a biography. Through Hurston's letters, Kaplan traces Hurston's life. Her annotations are through and so full of the story of this extraordinary woman. Read morePublished on November 14, 2003