Always outspoken, flamboyant and colorful, Zora Neale Hurston never backed down from anyone, friend or foe. Critics call Hurston's novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, a sterling masterpiece. It made her a major player in the Harlem Renaissance, a time when black artists broke from tradition to explore black culture and express pride in their race.
Hurston grew up in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated black community in America. To her, Eatonville would become a utopia, glorified in her stories as a place black Americans could live as they desired.
Her very first novel was hailed by a New York Times critic as "the most vital and original novel about the American Negro that has yet been written by a member of the Negro race."
Hurston died in 1960, but she remains a major influence in the lives of many writers today. Zora Neale Hurston, a woman of courage.