Zora Neale Hurston: A life lived large
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Zora Neale Hurston: An acclaimed author’s life and work

Author Zora Neale Hurston gave the world some of its greatest literature.  (Corbis)
Renown for the novelist and anthropologist came only after her death in 1960 in a welfare home. ( Carl Van Vechten)
Halle Berry starred in a 2005 TV-movie adaptation of “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” arguably Hurston’s most popular novel. Oprah Winfrey, who has long championed Hurston’s work, helped bring the book to television. (Bob Greene / ABC)
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” depicts a woman of color’s quest for love in 1920s America. (Vivian Zink / ABC)
Hurston’s books are known for their artwork. Above, the cover of “Every Tongue Got to Confess.” (HarperCollins)
Hurston’s accomplishments are especially impressive given that she left home at 14, put herself through school at Morgan Academy in Baltimore and Howard University in Washington, D.C., working at various jobs including manicurist and maid. She arrived in New York in 1925 with $1.50 to her name. ()