Zora!: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston



Zora Neale Hurston was confident, charismatic, and determined to be extraordinary. As a young woman, Hurston lived and wrote alongside such prominent authors as Langston Hughes and Alain Locke during the Harlem Renaissance. But unfortunately, despite writing the luminary work Their Eyes Were Watching God, she was always short of money. Though she took odd jobs as a housemaid and as the personal assistant to an actress, Zora often found herself in abject poverty. Through it all, Zora kept writing. And though none of her books sold more than a thousand copies while she was alive, she was rediscovered a decade later by a new generation of readers, who knew they had found an important voice of American Literature.

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Clarion Books
Publish Date
December 17, 2019
7.9 X 0.5 X 9.9 inches | 1.32 pounds

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About the Author

Judith Bloom Fradin and the late Dennis Brindell Fradin collaborated on many award-winning nonfiction books for young readers. Judith lives in Evanston, Illinois.


This accessible biography introduces Zora Neale Hurston's remarkable life and work to a new generation of readers.--Booklist

Fradin continues his tradition of writing superbly researched biographies.--VOYA, 4Q 3P M J

Zora Neale Hurston and her times come alive in this introduction for young readers.--Kirkus

Zora's creative, hopeful, and complicated personality shines through this compelling profile.--Publishers Weekly

The writing is straightforward and engaging, and the numerous archival photographs and reproductions add interest and clarification.--School Library Journal

[An] engaging account of Hurston's life . . . this well-documented biography is pleasurable reading as well as informative.--Horn Book

[Zora!] features the humor and heartache of the life of a brilliant but largely underappreciated writer who only became really well known after her death.--Bulletin