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Zora Neale Hurston Chronology: 1891-1960



Awarded Guggenheim fellowship, March

Travels in Jamaica and Haiti


September: Publishes Their Eyes Were Watching God, written in seven weeks the previous December


Joins Federal Writers' Project (WPA), collecting Florida folklore

Spring: Comes to Washington, D.C.

Starts field work with anthropologist Jane Belo

October: Publishes Tell My Horse


Travels to Orlando for a production, to Cincinnati for radio series, to Durham to teach at North Carolina College for Negroes

Collects Florida folk songs for Library of Congress and WPA

Brief marriage to Albert Price III, Jacksonville

Meets with Paul Green and Carolina Players

November: Moses, Man of the Mountain published


Goes to Beaufort, South Carolina, to work on a Jane Belo research project

Returns to New York City


Zora Neale Hurston

descriptive record icon enlarge image icon Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston. Carl Van Vechten, photographer. April 3, 1938. From the Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction #: LC-USZ62-79898 DLC

Zora Neale Hurston smoking a cigarette.

enlarge image icon Zora Neale Hurston smoking, Cross City turpentine camp, ca. 1939. Photograph by Stetson Kennedy, Stetson Kennedy Papers, reproduced with permission. Digital restoration by Ivy Bigbee.