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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

The wind came back with triple fury, and put out the light for the last time… They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.

Zora Neale Hurston, 1934 (Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Works Cited

Excerpts from Their Eyes Were Watching God © 1937, 1965; Dust Tracks on a Road © 1942, 1970, by Zora Neale Hurston are reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Dust Tracks on a Road. © 1942, 1970. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

---. "How It Feels to Be Colored Me." I Love Myself When I Am Laughing ... and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader. Ed. Alice Walker. New York: Feminist Press, 1979.

---. Their Eyes Were Watching God. © 1937, 1965. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.

Hughes, Langston. The Big Sea. 1940. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993.

Kaplan, Carla, ed. Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters. New York: Doubleday, 2002.

Locke, Alain, ed. The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance. 1925. New York: Touchstone, 1997.

Wright, Richard. "Between Laughter and Tears." New Masses 5 October 1937: 22-5.


All images of Zora Neale Hurston used with the permission of the Estate of Zora Neale Hurston

Writers: Erika Koss and David Kipen for the National Endowment for the Arts.

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