This new biography takes into account the whole woman--not just the prolific author of such great works as Their Eyes Were Watching God, Moses, Man of the Mountain, Jonah's Gourd Vine, Mules and Men, as well as essays, folklore, short stories, and poetry--but the philosopher and the spiritual soul, examining how each is reflected in her career, fiction and nonfiction publiThis new biography takes into account the whole woman--not just the prolific author of such great works as Their Eyes Were Watching God, Moses, Man of the Mountain, Jonah's Gourd Vine, Mules and Men, as well as essays, folklore, short stories, and poetry--but the philosopher and the spiritual soul, examining how each is reflected in her career, fiction and nonfiction publications, social and political activity, and, ultimately, her death.When we ask what animated the woman who achieved all that she did, we must necessarily probe further. Not one of the other existing biographies discusses or analyzes Hurston's spirituality in any sustained sense, even though this spirituality played a significant role in her life and works. As author Deborah G. Plant shows, Zora Neale Hurston's ability to achieve and to endure all she did came from the courage of her convictions--a belief in self that was profoundly centered and anchored in spirituality....
|Title||:||Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit|
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Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit Reviews
The Truth is Stranger Non-Fiction Book Club gave Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit by Deborah G. Plant a 3-star rating. While the group really enjoyed talking about Zora Neale Hurston, finding her to be a fascinating person, many did not care too much for the book itself. They thought it was “tedious”, “so-so”, “too academic,” and had a very convoluted structure.
This book was much more academic than I had expected. Because of that, the author says the same things about Hurston repeatedly, just in different ways. It is not the book to read if you would like a quick, gossipy biography (which is what I was interested in) but it does seem to be a good, thorough biography of the author. One thing I had forgotten about Hurston was her close association with Franz Boas. Some how, I had thought the WPA paid for Thurston to go down to Florida and to travel around the South collecting folks tales, when it seems that she survived on grants and private donors who had been arranged, in part, by Boas. I also hadn't appreciated the amount of time Hurston spent in New Orleans becoming a voodoo initiate. One of my prized possessions is an original copy of the book, Gumbo Ya-ya, which contains stories, recipes and advice on conjuring and voodoo. It took a lot of interior fortitude to devote the amount of time and self that Hurston did to following the path of Marie LaVeau! Even though I was grateful for this and other information and analysis I found in the book, I still found it to be not quite the thing I was looking for. Maybe if I was actually doing research on Zora Neale Hurston, I would have enjoyed it more...
Her long-censored essay in Chapter 5, "Who Was Herod and Why Was He Great?" alone justifies this historic insight, and the whole book. Shame on publishers rejecting this on prejudices against the great man. The other important literary work of the same period, in the 1940s-50s, Robert Graves' 'King Jesus', about the truth of the origins of Christianity, are earthshaking, groundbreaking revelations.