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Resources to enrich your understanding of the Fall 2010 WOLM, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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Featured Books

Here are a few books to get you started as you explore the themes presented in Their Eyes Were Watching God in these books located in both the Doyle & Mahoney libraries.

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Wrapped in Rainbows : The Life of Zora Neale Hurston - Valerie Boyd
Call Number: Doyle Reserve Desk - 4th flr., Mahoney Reserve Desk - 1st flr., PS3515.U789 Z63 2003

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In Search of our Mothers' Gardens - Alice Walker
Call Number: Doyle Reserve, 4th flr.; Mahoney Reserve, 1st flr. PS3573.A425 Z467 1983

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Every Tub Must Sit on its Own Bottom - Deborah Plant
Call Number: Doyle Reserve 4th flr.; Mahoney Reserve, 1st flr. PS 3515. U789 Z82 1995

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Zora Neale Hurston : A Literary Biography - Robert E. Hemenway
Call Number: Doyle Reserve Desk - 4th flr: PS3515.U789 Z953 1991

Who Was Zora Neale Hurston?

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was a Southern novelist, anthropologist, linguist, dancer, playwright, story-teller, singer, librarian and prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Her book Their Eyes Were Watching God was first published in 1937.

To learn more about Hurston consult the Gale Literary Databases or Wilson Biography Reference Bank where you can read more about her life, criticism of her work, while viewing photographs and timelines.  Material read can be printed, emailed or saved to a flashdrive.


Learn More About Hurston in these E Books


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Encyclopedia of African American Writers - Yolanda Williams Page
Call Number: E Book PS153.N5 E49 2007eb
Once you’ve accessed this e book using the link above, you'll find an article written by Warren J. Carson which describes Hurston's life and works in volume 1, and a discussion of Their Eyes which begins on p. 288.

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The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance - Lois Brown
Call Number: E -Book PS153.N5 B675 2006eb
A biographical article on Hurston appears on pages 261-265 and a literary discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God on pages 509-512.

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Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society
Call Number: E-Book HT1521 .E63 2008eb
Read the article on the Harlem Renaissance in this special encyclopedia full of 600 entries.


Hear It!

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Call Number: Doyle Reserve 4th flr.; Mahoney Reserve, 1st flr. PS3515.U789 T54 2004
Having trouble understanding the Southern dialect in Hurston's book? Listen to actress and Grammy award winner Ruby Dee read the book for you.


A Sample of Literary Criticism

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This is a sample of some of the books that contain literary criticism of Hurston's writings.

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Student Companion to Zora Neale Hurston - Josie P. Campbell
Call Number: E-Book: PS3515.U789 Z64 2001eb
Contains literary criticism, sections relating to plot development, setting and symbolism, character development, and thematic issues. Includes a feminist reading.

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature - Emmanuel S. Nelson
Call Number: Mahoney Reference PS153.M56 G74 2005
Volume 2 contains a biography of Hurston along with literary criticism in an article written by Barbara Z. Thaden.

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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance - Aberjhani and Sandra L. West
Call Number: Reference Doyle 2nd flr, Mahoney 1st flr, LPS153.N5 A24 2003
Iris Formey Dawson writes an essay on Hurston which includes biographical information, photos, and literary criticism.

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American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies - Leonard Unger
Call Number: Reference Doyle 2nd flr, Mahoney 1st flr, PS129 .A55
This collection of critical and biographical articles covers notable authors from the 17th century to the present day.

American Women Writers : A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present - Lina Mainiero
Call Number: Reference Doyle 2nd flr, Mahoney 1st flr PS147 .A4 v. 2
Joyce Pettis provides 3 pages of literary criticism of Hurston.


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