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Zora Neale Hurston was an anthropologist who published articles on the subject of African-American folklore, and who also wrote plays, novels, short stories, political and cultural criticism, and an autobiography. She was a central contributor to the Harlem Renaissance, and since the rediscovery of her work in the 1970s she has been recognized as a complex, powerful African-American literary foremother.
7 January 1891 ZNH was born, the fifth of eight children, in Alabama, USA (not, as older reference sources say, at Eatonville, Florida). Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
May 1921 ZNH's first published work, the short story "John Redding Goes to Sea", was issued in Stylus, Howard University's literary magazine. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 September 1937 ZNH published her most famous work, Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 January 1960 ZNH died in Fort Pierce, Florida, in obscurity and poverty. Bibliographic Citation link.
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