Zora Neale Hurston and her impact on the Harlem Renaissance

Zora Neale Hurston and her impact on the Harlem Renaissance
Zora Neale Hurston and her impact on the Harlem Renaissance

The Influence of Zora Neale Hurst on and by The Harlem Renaissance

" Nothing ever made is the same thing to more than one person.

That is natural . There is no single face in nature because every eye that looks upon, it sees it from it?s own angle. So every man?s spice box seasons his own food."

The Harlem Renaissance, a flowering of literature (and to a lesser extent, other arts) in New York City during the 1920?s and 1930?s, has long been considered to be the high point in African American writing. It probably had it?s foundation in the works of W.E.B. DuBois, influential editor of The Crisis from 1910 to 1934. DuBois believed that an educated Black elite should lead Blacks to liberation. He also believed that Blacks could not achieve social equality by emulating white ideals, and that equality could only be achieved by teaching Black racial pride with an emphasis on an African cultural heritage (Huggins 3). The Harlem Renaissance was also set into motion by the Great Migration , the movement of Southern Blacks to the North (Bontemps 2).Although the Renaissance was not a school , not did the writers associated with it share a common purpose, they still shared a common bond : they dealt with life from a Black perspective. Among the major writers who are usually viewed as part of the Harlem Renaissance are Countee Cullen , Rudolph Fisher , James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston (Kellner 14).

Zora Neale Hurston is probably the most popular female author of the era, and her work is the most widely known, including her most popular book ? Their eyes were watching God (1937). Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Nostaluga, Alabama., and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. The daughter of John Hurston, a preacher and a carpenter, and Lucy Potts Hurston, a seamstress Hurston attended Howard University while working as a manicurist, and later graduating from Barnard College in 1928. In 1925 she went to New York City drawn by the circle of creative black artists, and she began writing fiction. Annie Nathan Myer the founder of Barnard College gave a scholarship to Hurston, and she began her study of anthropolgy at Barnard under Franz Boaz , and also studying with Ruth Benedict and Gladys Reichmond (Kellner 46). Wirh the help of Boaz, and Elise Clews Parsons, Hurston was able to win a six- month grant that she used to collect African American folklore.

While studying at Barnard Hurston also worked as an amnuensis for Fannie Hurst, a Jewish woman and writer, who later wrote Imitation of Life (1933) , about a black woman passing as white. ("Passing was a theme used by many female writers in the Harlem Renaissance).Once Fannie Hurst and Zora Neale Hurston were having lunch together in a New York restaurant, and Hurst identif so real and human that it is impossible not to. Zora Neale Hurston had the rare power to write fiction that is timeless and vibrant : The relationships , the glory, the trauma, the heartbreak, and the sadness, the romance and the elation (Walker 12). All of these things sear into your consciousness and electrify the mind. Zora Neale Hurston?s works have enriched the lives of many people of the past and present , and will continue to for many years to come.Zora Neale Hurston usage of romance, and tragedy , and family all contain a universal theme that extend across all racial cultural barriers.

Zora Neale Hurston , and her works had a great impact on not only the Harlem Renaissance but on the face of American Literature as well. Her contributions to the Harlem Renaissance were made not only through solo efforts but on collaborations on stories with other famous Renaissance writers such as Langston Hughes and Rudolph Fisher. Zora Neale Hurston should not just be credited as a black female author, but she should be recognized as an American author, and one of our greatest. Whose story shall be told far and wide for many , many years to come.

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