Hurston was a legendary writer and she is

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into a home and died of heart failure on January 28, 1960. Hurston was a legendary writer and she is acknowledged for her work to this day. Her novel Their Eyes became a movie and it is on of her best selling books. “What Their Eyes shows us is a woman writer struggling with the problem of the questing hero as woman and difficulties in 1937 of giving a woman character such power and daring”, said Mary Helen Washington in the forward of Their Eyes Were Watching God. The life of Zora was not always cherished but now it truly is and so are those stories of the other women one such as Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Alice Dunbar Nelson was born Alice Ruth Moore in New Orleans on July 17, 1875, having mixed African American , Native American and European American backgrounds (119) . She was the daughter of Patricia Wright, a seamstress, and Joseph Moore, a merchant marine. She “enjoyed an active professional, as a teacher since the age of 17, and social life there until her family (mother, sister, and brother-in-law) moved to Medford, Massachusetts, when she was twenty-one years old” (120). She was well educated having graduated from Straight University (now Dillard University) in 1892, a Master’s degree from Cornell University and she pursued studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia, and Columbia University. In 1895 she published she published her first collection of short stories and poems, Violets and Other Tales . The stories that portrayed New Orleans life with concerns to “the language, setting and pathos” (120) were “Titee”, “A Carnival Jangle”, and”Little Miss
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ENG 201 6 Sophie”. She began a “private courtship of letters”(120), with poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar that began when Dunbar saw her picture accompanying one of her poems published in the Monthly Review in 1897. “They were married in 1898 in a secret ceremony in New York, where she was teaching at the White Rose Mission (later the White Rose Home for Girls in Harlem), which she helped found”, said Nelson (120). Shortly afterward she announced her marriage to the public, she then moved to Washington D.C. to be with her husband. Nelson had continued to write and in 1899 she published The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories , which included revisions of the stories that portrayed New Orleans life. Even though she was in great demand, publishers wanted her to do “stories in which the characters spoke with pronounced Creole dialects” (120). Nelson refused wrote fiction that dealt “with Creole and anglicized characters that were characterized in terms of ethnicity, not race. There were a number of her manuscripts and typescripts that tat were both short stories and dramas that were rejected when Nelson “explored the themes or racism, the color line, and oppression” (121). There is also the factor of her last publication being so early in her career, and it made it difficult for readers and critics to assess Nelson’s work. Her marriage ended in 1902 and she moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where she taught at the institutions, Howard High School and Howard University. She also taught summer
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