- By Virginia Lynn Moylan

Zora Neale Hurston's Final Decade

  • Title: Zora Neale Hurston's Final Decade
  • Author: Virginia Lynn Moylan
  • ISBN: 9780813035789
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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

    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.

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    1. 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 more about Hurston and her connection to St. Augustine. Hurston was nationally [...]

    2. 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 en [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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' [...]

    5. 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 Richa [...]

    6. 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 enjoye [...]

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

    10. 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."

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

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