New Zora Neale Hurston Book Slated for 2018

Jordannah Elizabeth

 

This is an excerpt from an article in the Amsterdam News. Read the rest of the article here.

 

Publisher Harper Collins has announced the release in 2018 of an unpublished work by anthropologist and author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Zora Neale Hurston.

 

The new book, “Barracoon,” documents a period of three months Hurston spent in Plateau, Ala., where she met Cudjo Lewis. She interviewed Lewis, who was brought to America on the last recorded slave ship. The encounter with Lewis took place in 1931 and is just now being published.

 

“During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly, formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about his past,” said the publisher. “Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo’s unique vernacular, and written from Hurston’s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the pre-eminent American authors of the 20th century, ‘Barracoon’ brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of slavery and one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, Black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture….”

 

A barracoon is a place of confinement made specifically to hold Black slaves for a temporary period of time. This book will shed light on the reality of slavery through the eyes of a survivor. Hurston’s fearless talent and timeless writing and vision are still ever present and relevant today. “Barracoon” is set for release in May 2018.

 

This is an excerpt from an article in the Amsterdam News. Read the rest of the article here.

 

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