More Zora Neale Hurston

Naomi Jackson at The Washington Post:

Sixty years after Zora Neale Hurston’s death in relative obscurity, a new collection of short fiction by the legendary African American author and anthropologist has arrived. For readers who are more familiar with Hurston’s novels, the collection “Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” is a revelation not just in its celebration of Hurston’s lesser-known efforts as a writer of short stories but also in the subjects and settings that it takes on. No longer can Hurston be considered a bard exclusively of the American South, as these narratives are set both in the rural South and in the Northeast, notably in Harlem.

One of the leading voices of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston received a renaissance of her own in the late 20th century due to black women writers and scholars who brought her work to prominence by writing about it, teaching it in university courses, getting her books back into print circulation and the like.

more here.