Zora Neale Hurston and the WPA in Florida

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Zora Neale Hurston
  • Zora Neale Hurston
    This is a compilation of Zora Neale Hurston sound recordings created while she worked for the WPA in the 1930s.


  • WPA Stories
    The stories presented here were created by writers working for the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Project Administration (WPA) in Florida. These writings present a variety of subject matter, from folk stories and nature writings to scientific research and Florida history, in mostly short pieces intended for use in Florida classrooms.

  • WPA Church Records
    Survey workers ventured out into the field to document church histories and record holdings by interviewing clergy and congregation members in Florida.

Additional Resources at Other Institutions

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University of Florida

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Selected Bibliography

Note: This bibliography does not cover all of Hurston’s literary works. Rather, it provides a listing of the books containing useful historical information about Hurston, as well as some of the historically significant essays she herself produced as a member of the Florida Federal Writers’ Project.

  • Bordelon, Pamela, ed. Go Gator and Muddy the Water: Writings by Zora Neale Hurston from the Federal Writers’ Project. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.
  • Boyd, Valerie. Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Scribner, 2003.
  • Croft, Robert W. A Zora Neale Hurston Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.
  • Hemenway, Robert E. Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977, 1980.
  • Hicks, John. Zora Neale Hurston: A Portrait. Orlando: Sentinel Star, 1978.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale. Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography. New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1942.
  • Kaplan, Carla. Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters. New York: Doubleday, 2002.
  • Lyons, Mary E. Sorrow’s Kitchen: The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1990.
  • Plant, Deborah G. Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2007.
  • Wall, Cheryl, ed. Zora Neale Hurston: Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings. New York: Library of America, 1995.

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