The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress


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    • 1891-1960

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Zora Neale Hurston Chronology: 1891-1960



January-February: Does fieldwork in the Bahamas

In New York City, New Jersey and the South

Collaborates with Langston Hughes on their play Mule-Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life

October: Registers her revue, Cold Keener, and her own version of the Mule Bone story, De Turkey and de Law, a Comedy in Three Acts, for copyright


January: Mule-Bone, by Hurston and Hughes, registered for copyright

July: Registers four sketches, "Forty Yards," "Lawing and Jawing," "Poker!," and "Woofing," for copyright

Attempts at various Broadway productions


Brief New York productions of her play, The Great Day, are a critical success but financial failure.


Revises The Great Day and produces it in Florida venues as From Sun to Sun


May: Novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine, published


Lives and writes in Florida and New York

June:Registers three-act play, Spunk, for copyright

Goes South with Alan Lomax and Mary Barnicle to collect folk music for the Library of Congress

Joins Harlem unit of Federal Theater Project (WPA)

October: Publishes Mules and Men


Langston Hughes posing with a small sculpture.

descriptive record icon enlarge image icon Portrait of Langston Hughes. Gordon Parks, photographer. 1943. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection. From the Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction #: LC-USW3-033841-C DLC

Alan Lomax playing guitar.

descriptive record icon enlarge image icon Alan Lomax — Authority on American folk-lore [between 1940 and 1945]. From the Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction #: LC-USZ62-121915