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30 review for Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    I hadn't read this in years and came back to in preparing for a class. This is a very well-done biography--scholarly yet readable. Hemenway helped lay the groundwork for much of the Hurston scholarship that would follow. It's quite remarkable given how little he was really working with at the time; we have access to so much more information about Hurston now than he did when he was writing this bio. I hadn't read this in years and came back to in preparing for a class. This is a very well-done biography--scholarly yet readable. Hemenway helped lay the groundwork for much of the Hurston scholarship that would follow. It's quite remarkable given how little he was really working with at the time; we have access to so much more information about Hurston now than he did when he was writing this bio.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was very interesting and I learned a lot. Well-written and engaging for the non-English-major. I feel I have a much better understanding of Hurston's remarkable career and wide variety of writing, and even her as a person. This was very interesting and I learned a lot. Well-written and engaging for the non-English-major. I feel I have a much better understanding of Hurston's remarkable career and wide variety of writing, and even her as a person.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cortney Mere

    Finally! I’ve been meaning to read this book for almost a decade! It turned out to be an interesting read that made me think about: 1. How much writers can be influenced by their audiences. Especially if they need the money if the writing to get by or if they feel bound by the whims of their publishers and benefactors. We (or at least, I) traditionally think of writing to our audience as a hallmark of good writing, but in Hurston’s case it seems to have greatly stunted some of hers. 2. It also ma Finally! I’ve been meaning to read this book for almost a decade! It turned out to be an interesting read that made me think about: 1. How much writers can be influenced by their audiences. Especially if they need the money if the writing to get by or if they feel bound by the whims of their publishers and benefactors. We (or at least, I) traditionally think of writing to our audience as a hallmark of good writing, but in Hurston’s case it seems to have greatly stunted some of hers. 2. It also made me think about how and why authors present “folk art.” 3. And, even though this was only a small page in the book (278),it was the first time I had considered Black American Autobiographies as a genre of its own and I think that would be an interesting study to see how (or if) that has changed over time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Raul Bimenyimana

    The late Mr. Hemenway, former chancellor of the University of Kansas achieved a commendable feat. How he was able to collect the information he did on the life of the talented author, and analyze both her life and how it affected her writing is incredible. We are taken on a journey with Hurston, from her days as a village child in the town of Eatonville to her commanding presence during the Harlem Renaissance to her trips to Haiti, Jamaica and New Orleans. An interesting analysis of the life and The late Mr. Hemenway, former chancellor of the University of Kansas achieved a commendable feat. How he was able to collect the information he did on the life of the talented author, and analyze both her life and how it affected her writing is incredible. We are taken on a journey with Hurston, from her days as a village child in the town of Eatonville to her commanding presence during the Harlem Renaissance to her trips to Haiti, Jamaica and New Orleans. An interesting analysis of the life and works of the talented "genius of the South".

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    A detailed and clear-headed account of Hurston's life and work, this early biography concentrates on identifying the folk sources of Hurston's vision and also proposes complete literary analyses of her major published works. While Zora's extravagant personality and sometimes erratic decision-making have marked her with the reputation of being alternately outrageous, glorious, paradoxical, eccentric, etc., Hemenway's bio never veers towards sensationalism; the tone remains balanced throughout and A detailed and clear-headed account of Hurston's life and work, this early biography concentrates on identifying the folk sources of Hurston's vision and also proposes complete literary analyses of her major published works. While Zora's extravagant personality and sometimes erratic decision-making have marked her with the reputation of being alternately outrageous, glorious, paradoxical, eccentric, etc., Hemenway's bio never veers towards sensationalism; the tone remains balanced throughout and all claims and events are solidly documented. A serious source of information.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    I read this book for a class I took in college. Very interesting to read about Hurston's life story; before I read this, I had no idea that she was also, in addition to being a writer, an anthropologist. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read this book for a class I took in college. Very interesting to read about Hurston's life story; before I read this, I had no idea that she was also, in addition to being a writer, an anthropologist. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Page

    Author occasionally argues on behalf of Hurston in subjective situtations instead of providing unbiased information. This is, however, the #1 work I've seen reference in the scholarship of Hurston, suggesting it is the definitive biography with the most comprehensive information. I recently bought a book of letters Hurston wrote herself and can't wait to read that and add it to what I've learned here. Author occasionally argues on behalf of Hurston in subjective situtations instead of providing unbiased information. This is, however, the #1 work I've seen reference in the scholarship of Hurston, suggesting it is the definitive biography with the most comprehensive information. I recently bought a book of letters Hurston wrote herself and can't wait to read that and add it to what I've learned here.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paula Whitacre

    A great look at the "back story" and nuances of Hurston's many books and articles. A great look at the "back story" and nuances of Hurston's many books and articles.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really love this book. it gives a wonderful portrayal of her life, personality, and has thousands of interesting details. However, since Hemenway is a writer and not an anthropologist, he demeans the field and indicates that her interest in the study of culture was detrimental to her as a writer. I completely disagree with this and I believe that his assertion on this matter is unfair. Zora's interest in her own culture is what set her apart from the "New Negro" writers of the day, by celebrat I really love this book. it gives a wonderful portrayal of her life, personality, and has thousands of interesting details. However, since Hemenway is a writer and not an anthropologist, he demeans the field and indicates that her interest in the study of culture was detrimental to her as a writer. I completely disagree with this and I believe that his assertion on this matter is unfair. Zora's interest in her own culture is what set her apart from the "New Negro" writers of the day, by celebrating black culture just as it was. That is what was detrimental to her, everyone else didn't see the world the way she did, including her contemporaries. However it is this that also sets her apart and unique, special, and the most insightful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    What a wonderful book about one of my favorite authors! Great resource for anyone who reads or teaches Zora Neale Hurston's works. What a wonderful book about one of my favorite authors! Great resource for anyone who reads or teaches Zora Neale Hurston's works.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marian T Perkins

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    bobbygw

  21. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Beckett

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