By Anna Lillios
One of the 20th century's so much exciting and complex literary friendships used to be that among Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. In loss of life, their reputations have reversed, yet within the early Nineteen Forties Rawlings had already accomplished wild good fortune together with her best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Yearling, whereas Hurston had released Their Eyes have been gazing God to adverse serious reviews.
When they met, either have been on the top in their literary powers. Hurston seems to be to have sought out Rawlings as a author who may comprehend her expertise and as a possible client and champion. Rawlings did turn into an recommend for Hurston, and by means of all money owed a hot friendship built among the 2. but at each flip, Rawlings's personal racism and the societal norms of the Jim Crow South loomed at the horizon, till her friendship with Hurston remodeled Rawlings's perspectives at the topic and made her an recommend for racial equality.
Anna Lillios's Crossing the Creek is the 1st booklet to check the efficient and intricate dating among those significant figures. Is there fact to the tale that Hurston provided to paintings as Rawlings's maid? Why did Rawlings host a tea for Hurston in St. Augustine? In what methods did each one write the friendship into their novels? utilizing interviews with people who knew either girls, in addition to incisive readings of surviving letters, Lillios examines those questions and so forth during this notable book.
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Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings by Anna Lillios