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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston
Paperback
Publication Date: 05/10/2020
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Zora Neale Hurston's masterpiece is perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

Published as part of a beautifully designed series to mark the 40th anniversary of the Virago Modern Classics.

'She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her'

When, at sixteen, Janie is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to and old man with sixty acres. Jane endures two stifling marriages before she finally meets the man of her dreams - who offers not diamonds, but a packet of flowering seeds.

With an Introduction by Zadie Smith

Books included in the VMC 40th anniversary series include:

  • Frost in May by Antonia White
  • The Collected Stories of Grace Paley
  • Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
  • The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
  • The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann
  • Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  • The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
  • Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
  • A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor 
  • and Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

'Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of the very greatest American novels of the 20th century. It is so lyrical it should be sentimental; it is so passionate it should be overwrought, but it is instead a rigorous, convincing and dazzling piece of prose, as emotionally satisfying as it is impressive. There is no novel I love more' Zadie Smith 

ISBN:
9780349010335
9780349010335
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
05-10-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
195x129x17mm
Weight:
0.21kg
Zora Neale Hurston

In the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston was the preeminent black woman writer in the United States.

She died in 1960 in a Welfare home, was buried in an unmarked grave, and quickly faded from literary consciousness until 1975 when Alice Walker almost single-handedly revived interest in her work.

Nearly every black woman writer of significance - including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker - acknowledges Zora Neale Hurston as their literary foremother.

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