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Their Eyes Were Watching God Access Edition

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EMC Access Editions: Their Eyes Were Watching God Access Edition
ISBN: 978-0-82192-736-6

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Author(s): Zora Neale Hurston

Recommmended: High School; Moderate

So the beginning of this was a woman and she had come back from burying the dead. Not the dead of the sick and ailing with friends at the pillow and the feet. She had come back from the sodden and the bloated; the sudden dead, their eyes flung wide in judgment.

One evening, a woman in tattered overalls limps into a town she’d left long ago. The townspeople whisper to each other, wondering what has happened to her. This book is her answer. Telling the story of how she survived three marriages, two funerals, and a hurricane, this novel traces the path of one woman from dreamy teenager to wise, independent survivor.

This complete study edition of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God includes illustrations of the setting, historical information, questions, writing ideas, and projects to help your students delve into this novel of love, friendship, and learning from experience. Related readings by Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Alice Walker, and others illustrate and expand on themes from the novel.
Author Bio
Witty, fun-loving, and fiercely independent, Zora Neale Hurston is known for telling the stories of a people previously ignored by literature—the African Americans living in the South. In one of her books, she explained why she could not give up writing: “I had things clawing inside me that must be said.” In this classic lyrical novel, she gives voice to the experiences of a young African-American woman who longs for both love and the freedom to speak her own mind. Eventually, she finds both, but not without experiencing her share of tragedy.