Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was a novelist, short story
writer, folklorist, and anthropologist and a major figure in the
Harlem Renaissance best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were
Cheryl A. Wall is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University. She is the editor of Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women and the author of Worrying the Line.