Nicole Clark


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Judith Bloom Fradin, Dennis B. Fradin, Biography, Women, Authors, African Americans, Zora Neale Hurston

Document Type

Book Review


As a young child, Zora Neale Hurston believed that she was so special. This self-confidence endured throughout Zora’s life, from her childhood days in a small-town making up fantastical stories to her last impoverished year spent in a county welfare home in Fort Pierce, Florida. Though Zora never achieved fame or financial success during her lifetime, she tenaciously held to her passion of writing through family troubles, poverty, and many a rejection notice from publishers. Zora lived out her belief that “nothing is destructible” and indeed, though she died a forgotten woman, her works, including bestseller And Their Eyes Were Watching God, were rediscovered years after her death and brought to fame by a new generation of readers.