Writer; ethnologist; 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), 1933-39, 1946-48; staff writer, Paramount Studios, 1941; worked at various jobs (college instructor, librarian, as well as menial work).  Founded the school of dramatic arts at Bethune-Cookman College, 1934; taught at North Carolina College for Negroes. 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, 1956. Selected for the first class of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame, 2015. Died January 28, 1960.


Contemporary Authors online.


Collected Essays. HarperCollins, 1998.

Complete Stories.  HarperCollins, 1994.

Dust Tracks on a Road.  Lippincott, 1942.

Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Tales from the Gulf States. HarperCollins, 2001.

Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings. Library of America, 1995.

The Gilded Six-Bits.  Redpath Press, 1986.

I Love Myself when I Am Laughing.. And then again when I Am Looking Mean and Impressive.  Feminist Press, 1979.

Jonah’s Gourd Vine. Lippincott, 1934.

Moses, Man of the Mountains. Lippincott, 1939.

Mules and Men. Lippincott, 1935.

Novels and Stories. Library of America, 1995.

The Sanctified Church:  The Folklore Writings of Zora Neale Hurston. Turtle Island Foundation, 1983.

Seraph on the Suwanee.  Scribner, 1948.

Six Fools. HarperCollins, 2005.

Spunk:  The Selected Stories of Zora Neale Hurston.  Turtle Island Foundation, 1985.

Sweat. Rutgers University Press, 1997.

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God. Lippincott, 1937.

Voodoo Gods: An Inquiry into Native Myths and Magic in Jamaica and Haiti.  Dent, 1939.

Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters. Harper Collins, 2005.


Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life in Three Acts.  HarperPerennial 1931; reprint, 1991.


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