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Another Look: Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

Zora Neale Hurston was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Then she all but disappeared, finally working in obscurity as a substitute teacher and a maid before her 1960 death in a county welfare home. The folklorist, anthropologist, and writer left behind four novels as well as short stories, plays, and essays. Foremost among them is Their Eyes Were Watching God, the passionate, exuberant tale of a woman's journey to reclaim herself. The book will be Another Look's fall offering.
For thirty years after its 1937 publication, Their Eyes was out of print and attacked for its portrayal of black people, when it was remembered at all. By the 1970s, however, it had been rediscovered as a masterpiece. Pulitzer prizewinning author Alice Walker wrote, “There is no book more important to me than this one.”
The Another Look book club focuses on short classics that have been forgotten, neglected, or overlooked—or may simply not have received the attention they merit. The selected works are short, in order to encourage the involvement of Bay Area readers whose time may be limited. Subscription at anotherlook.stanford.edu is encouraged for regular updates and details on the selected books and events.

Details

When:

Monday, October 24, 2016. 07:30 PM

Where:

Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall

Sponsor:

Continuing Studies, the Stanford Humanities Center, and Stanford Libraries

Contact:

6508159839
cynthia.haven@stanford.edu

Admission:

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is unreserved. Come early for best seats.