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Zora Neale Hurston “Their Eyes Were Watching

A Harlem Renaissance writer, Hurston published her most popular novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God , in 1937. The book, set in early 20th century Florida, tells the story of Janie Crawford and her tragic search for love in her three marriages. The book was criticized by some for its use of phonetic spellings to showcase the region’s dialect. In 2005, it was adapted into a made-for-TV movie starring Halle Berry.

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