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Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Anchor Books
Publication date December 1, 2003
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385490368
ISBN-10 0385490364
Dimensions 1.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 1.80 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
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Summary
A groundbreaking collection of more than five hundred letters, written to such people as Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, Fannie Hurst, and many others, paints an intimate portrait of the enigmatic woman who became one of the greatest literary figures in American history. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “ I mean to live and die by my own mind,” Zora Neale Hurston told the writer Countee Cullen. Arriving in Harlem in 1925 with little more than a dollar to her name, Hurston rose to become one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance, only to die in obscurity. Not until the 1970s was she rediscovered by Alice Walker and other admirers. Although Hurston has entered the pantheon as one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century, the true nature of her personality has proven elusive.

Now, a brilliant, complicated and utterly arresting woman emerges from this landmark book. Carla Kaplan, a noted Hurston scholar, has found hundreds of revealing, previously unpublished letters for this definitive collection; she also provides extensive and illuminating commentary on Hurston’s life and work, as well as an annotated glossary of the organizations and personalities that were important to it.

From her enrollment at Baltimore’s Morgan Academy in 1917, to correspondence with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Langston Hughes, Dorothy West and Alain Locke, to a final query letter to her publishers in 1959, Hurston’s spirited correspondence offers an invaluable portrait of a remarkable, irrepressible talent.

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Hardcover
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from Doubleday (October 1, 2002)
9780385490351 | details & prices | 880 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 2.00 in. | 2.75 lbs | List price $40.00
About: A collection of more than five hundred letters, written to such people as Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, and many others, paints a portrait of the enigmatic woman who became one of the greatest literary figures in American history.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780385490368
 
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Reprint edition from Anchor Books (December 1, 2003)
9780385490368 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $19.95
About: A collection of more than five hundred letters, written to such people as Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, and many others, paints a portrait of the enigmatic woman who became one of the greatest literary figures in American history.

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