Capital District Council for the Social Studies (Albany, NY)
Associate Professor of Literature, Florida International University
Since its paperback re-issue in 1978, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), written in seven weeks, while Hurston was in Haiti doing research on African religious retentions, has continued to capture the imaginations of its readers, drawing them deeply into the erotic-spiritual “great journey to the horizon,” of the novel’s heroine, Janie Crawford, as she marries three husbands, becomes the mayor’s wife of historic Eatonville, the first black town incorporated in the US, traverses the Everglades, survives a hurricane, shoots the love of her life, is arrested and acquitted, and returns to Eatonville to tell the story.
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