Their Eyes Were Watching God

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  • Author: Zora Neale Hurston
  • 219 pages
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Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person—no mean feat for a Black woman in the ‘30’s.  Zora Neale Hurston’s classic 1937 novel follows Janie from her nanny’s plantation shack to Logan Killick’s farm, to all-Black Eatonville—where she gathers in “the great fish-net” of her life.  Janie’s quest for identity takes her on a journey during which she learns what love is, experiences life’s joys and sorrows, and comes home to herself in peace. Published in 1937, 219 pages.
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lengthy biography is available from research publisher Gale.
Understanding Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God: a student casebook to issues sources, and historical documents. Lester, Neal. Westport: Greenpress, 1999.
New Essays on Their Eyes Were Watching God. Awkward, Michael. Cambridge: Cambridge Press, 1990.
Lesson plans and activities for teachers are available from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
Oprah produced a film adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God in 2005. Read more from the New York Times movie review or the IMDB entry.
Zora Neale Hurston created  a glossary of Harlem slang terms used in the 1920’s and 1930’s.