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Around the Web: Florida Through the Eyes of Zora Neale Hurston

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One of my favorite authors, Zora Neale Hurston, is getting an awful lot of press lately, including this essay in The Washington Post‘s magazine last Sunday, April 18. Among other things, it talks about the novelist’s relationship to her hometown of Eatonville:

Many of Eatonville’s streets are named after citrus fruits, and one morning, N.Y. Nathiri, executive director of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, told me how she remembered climbing trees to pick navel and temple oranges in the place both she and Zora Neale Hurston claim as home town. When Nathiri, now 60, was growing up, Hurston’s folk tales were her bedtime stories, and relatives and neighbors talked of “Zora” so casually that it wasn’t until Nathiri was 25 and a sleep-starved mother and wife that she read her 99-cent Penguin Classics copy of Hurston’s seminal novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” which is partly set in Eatonville. For the first time, she really felt the connection between Hurston and her town.

Read the rest at washingtonpost.com.

–Whitney Teal

Photo: ohiou.edu

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Written by whitney teal

April 21, 2010 at 7:00 am

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