Writer, ethnologist, and folklorist.  Born January 7, 1891, Notasulga (moved to Eatonville, Florida, with her family as a child).  Parents–John and Lucy Potts Hurston.  Married– Herbert Sheen, 1927; Albert Price III, 1939.  Education:  graduated from Morgan Academy, Baltimore; Howard College, A.A., 1920; Barnard College, B.A., 1928; graduate study at Columbia University (studied  with the anthropologist Franz Boas and fellow students Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead). Collected folklore in the South and the Caribbean (Jamaica, Haiti, Bermuda, Honduras); worked at various jobs (college instructor, librarian, as well as menial work).  Member American Folklore Society; American Anthropological Society; American Ethnological Society, Zeta Phi Beta. Closely associated with writers of the Harlem Renaissance.  Recognized as an important figure in the history of African-American literature; influenced many other writers. Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, 1936 and 1938; Annisfield Award, 1943; LL. D. from Morgan College, 1939; Bethune-Cookman College Award for Education and Human Relations. Selected for the first class of the Alabama Authors Hall of Fame, 2015. Died January 28, 1960.


Contemporary Authors online.


Jonah’s Gourd Vine, 1934.

Mules and Men, 1935.

Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937.

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica, 1938.

Moses, Man of the Mountains, 1939.

Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942.

Seraph on the Sewanee, 1948.

The Sanctified Church; The Folklore Writings of Zora Neale Hurston, 1981.

Spunk: The Selected Stories, 1985.

Every Tongue Got to Confess, 2001.


The papers of Zora Neale Hurston are held by the library at the University of Florida.