Their Eyes Were Watching God CD (CD-Audio)

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This book changed my life when I first read it junior year in high school. The writing style that Hurston uses is breathtaking. The way she sets up the fictional world of an all-black town (based off of her anthropological studies) is so lit (for lack of a better word) because she shows the authencity of black life that is mostly erased from academia. This book serves as a constant reminder for myself to honor who I am and how I want to be in the world-- loved, respected and never apologize for my truth -- Thank you Ms. Zora <3 

— Karl

Hurston illustrates a poignant fictional account of a woman who renounces societal expectations by embarking on a journey to self-discovery with the help of a man ten years her junior. This is a poetic tale that explores identity, grief, class, colorism and love. A stunning body of work that guarantees to make its reader question their own convictions about all five.

— Renata

Description


“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.

About the Author


Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. She wrote four novels (Jonah’s Gourd Vine, 1934; Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937; Moses, Man of the Mountains, 1939; and Seraph on the Suwanee, 1948); two books of folklore (Mules and Men, 1935, and Every Tongue Got to Confess, 2001); a work of anthropological research, (Tell My Horse, 1938); an autobiography (Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942); an international bestselling nonfiction work (Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo,” 2018); and over fifty short stories, essays, and plays. She attended Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University and was a graduate of Barnard College in 1928. She was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and grew up in Eatonville, Florida.



Not only is Ruby Dee one of the most respected African-American actors of her day, she was also an important part of the civil rights movement. She is probably best known for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, which she performed on both the stage and the screen.

Dee has also written plays, fiction, and a column in New York's Amsterdam News.

Born in Cleveland, she worked initially with the American Negro Theater in Harlem, where she grew up. She is married to the actor and author Ossie Davis.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780060776534
ISBN-10: 0060776536
Publisher: Caedmon
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2004
Language: English