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Zora Neale Hurston's Final Decade
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Zora Neale Hurston's Final Decade Virginia Lynn Moylan An intriguing investigation of the famous writer s turbulent final years Courage is the last word that Zora Neale Hurston wrote in her letters And Hurston s courage is what Virginia Lynn Moylan documents in this moving and meticulously researched account of the end of Hurston s life Anna Lillios, author ofCrossing the Creek Moylan s account of Hurston s last decade cAn intriguing investigation of the famous writer s turbulent final years Courage is the last word that Zora Neale Hurston wrote in her letters And Hurston s courage is what Virginia Lynn Moylan documents in this moving and meticulously researched account of the end of Hurston s life Anna Lillios, author ofCrossing the Creek Moylan s account of Hurston s last decade contributes to our understanding of a complex artist and individual one who was pivotal in the creation of the first anthropologically correct baby doll and yet opposed court ordered desegregation M Genevieve West, author ofZora Neale Hurston and American Literary Culture Hats off to Virginia Lynn Moylan for filling in missing pieces of Hurston s life story This sympathetic biography of Hurston s last years is both a lively introduction to her life and a must have book for Hurston fans Add s heft and richness to our understanding of all that Hurston was up against and just how much she achieved, in spite of the odds Carla Kaplan, author of Zora Neale Hurston A Life in LettersIn 1948, false accusations of child molestation all but erased the reputation and career Zora Neale Hurston had worked for decades to build Sensationalized in the profit seeking press and relentlessly pursued by a prosecution interested in a personal crusade than justice, the morals charge brought against her nearly drove her to suicide.But she lived on She lived on past her accuser s admission that he had fabricated his whole story She lived on for another twelve years, during which time she participated in some of the most remarkable events, movements, and projects of the day.Since her death, scholars and the public have rediscovered Hurston s work and conscientiously researched her biography Nevertheless, the last decade of her life has remained relatively unexplored Virginia Moylan fills in the details investigating subjects as varied as Hurston s reporting on the trial of Ruby McCollum a black woman convicted of murdering her white lover , her participation in designing an anthropologically correct black baby doll to combat stereotypes, her impassioned and radical biography of King Herod, and her controversial objections to court ordered desegregation.Virginia Lynn Moylan, educator and independent scholar, is a founding member of the Fort Pierce, Florida, Annual Zora Festival and a contributing author to The Inside Light New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston.. Zora Neale Hurston s Final Decade An intriguing investigation of the famous writer s turbulent final years Courage is the last word that Zora Neale Hurston wrote in her letters And Hurston s courage is what Virginia Lynn Moylan docume
  • Title: Zora Neale Hurston's Final Decade
  • Author: Virginia Lynn Moylan
  • ISBN: 9780813035789
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Cathy DuPont says:

      When I read a new author, I always want to know about them and read a short bio before, during or after reading the book they wrote My friend Jeff Keeten readTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 1891 1960 and gave it five stars Her name was very familiar because I knew she lived and had a strong connection to St Augustine I, too, read it and gave it five stars Reading the book drew me to find out about Hurston and her connection to St Augustine Hurston was nationally known as a fo [...]

    2. David says:

      Found this at the Worthington Public Library, on the shelves of discarded books they sell for a dollar or two Hurston is so fascinating, I had to read it Very moving to read about Hurston s ability to push through tough times, making the best of whatever circumstances she found herself in, making new friends, and always writing, even as her former publishers turned down her work.It is sad to think of someone so smart, talented, and accomplished in a variety of ways scraping to get by at the end [...]

    3. Faith says:

      What one usually hears about the last years of Zora Neale Hurston s life is that she worked as a maid and died penniless, with her books out of print How do you spell reductionist She briefly worked as a maid for a white judge who delighted in debating her because she was the only one in his world smart enough and bold enough to match wits with him She died penniless partly because a publisher reneged on paying for her reporting of the Ruby McCollum case, so that she was unable to carry out a sh [...]

    4. Jeremy Williams says:

      I don t trust the Creech recollection of Hurston s comments on 54 desegregation, allowing poor blacks to school with whites But I think the book is interesting because it focuses on the last decade of Hurston s life Also, I thought that Dr Benton the black Dr who helped take care of Hurston in her final year had been a former lover husband I believed it was Valerie Boyd s Hurston bio, Wrapped In Rainbows, that had made this claim But in Moylan s account he was simply a family friend who d known [...]

    5. Jean Mckie-Sutton says:

      Most accounts of Zora s final years depict her solely penniless, poor and under appreciated a bleak ending to the life of an author who was never truly celebrated Moylan s account reveals that even though she was of little means, Zora s indomitable spirit and individuality remained She, herself stood steadfast and thought little of her economic circumstance For Zora, it was the rich content of her character that lit the path before her.Deeply critized by her own contemporaries namely Richard Wri [...]

    6. Nancy says:

      I happened across this book by chance at a local bookstore and being a fan of Miss Zora s, knew I had to read it As the title implies, this book is about the last ten years of Ms Hurston s remarkable life, during which time she studied and wrote about biblical history, reported on a murder trial, and helped a friend develop an anthropologically correct black doll for children With the exception of the last chapter where Zora dies penniless and is buried in an unmarked grave, I really enjoyed rea [...]

    7. Cathy Dewitt says:

      I was fascinated by Zora Neale Hurston s final years of life She had an intersting life full of adventure and good friends It is a sorrow to me that most of her work has been destroyed, misplaced or is out of printI commend Virginia Lynn Moylan on her book As I read it, I could feel that it was a labor of love and written with great respect for Zora Neale Hurston.I enjoyed it very much.

    8. Feworker says:

      As my introduction to Zora Neale Hurston, Moylan s book set a stage for coming to respect and delve into this woman s talent and beauty with a high level of respect Having read it first helped my insights as I read Hurston s material.

    9. Vanessa says:

      Good, solid research on Zora and for that it gets 3 stars.

    10. jewelthinks says:

      Hats off for taking the time to show Hurston some dignity during the trying, difficult last 10 years of her life.

    11. Joan Paciero says:

      A bit too technical to suit me However, I wonder how far along we would be with racial justice had we waited for Zora s method of individualism to occur, i.e self reliance and self respect through cultural, intellectual, and spiritual achievement.

    12. Lauren says:

      Very informative but as another reviewer stated the first chapter was particularly unbearable Once that chapter was behind me the book was much manageable and interesting.

    13. Virginia Moylan says:

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