Hurstonâs fiction is free-flowing and frequently experimental, exuberant in its storytelling and open to unpredictable and fascinating digressions.Â Jonahâs Gourd VineÂ (1934), based on the lives of her parents and evoking in rich detail the world of her childhood, recounts the rise and fall of a powerful preacher torn between spirit and flesh in an all-black town in Florida.
âThere is no book more important to me than this one,â novelist Alice Walker has written aboutÂ Their Eyes Were Watching GodÂ (1937), Hurstonâs lyrical masterpiece about a womanâs determined struggle for love and independence. In this, her most acclaimed work, she employs a striking range of tones and voices to give the story of Janie and Tea Cake the poetic intensity of a myth.
InÂ Moses, Man of the MountainÂ (1939), her high-spirited and utterly personal retelling of the Exodus story, Hurston again demonstrates her ability to use the black vernacular as the basis for a supple and compelling prose style.
Seraph on the SuwaneeÂ (1948), Hurstonâs last major work, is set in turn-of-the-century Florida and portrays the passionate clash between a poor southern âcrackerâ and her willful husband.
A selection of short stories (among them âSpunk,â âThe Bone of Contention,â and âStory in Harlem Slangâ) further displays Hurstonâs unique fusion of folk traditions and literary modernismâcomic, ironic, and soaringly poetic.
The chronology of Hurstonâs life prepared for this edition sheds fresh light on many aspects of her career. In addition, this volume contains detailed notes and a brief essay on the texts.
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