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Sorrow’s Kitchen: The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston

(Scribner, 1990 ISBN 0-684-19198)

Jacket illustration ©1990 by Kent Barton. Jacket design by Vikki Sheatsley.

Sorrow's Kitchen tells the remarkable story of Zora Neale Hurston's life: her childhood in Eatonville, Florida at the turn of the century; her struggle for education; the triumphant years of the Harlem Renaissance; and her determination to collect and preserve the folklore of her native South and the West Indies. Interwoven are generous samplings of Hurston's writing.

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activity  READ A PLAY

Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes co-authored MULE BONE: A COMEDY OF NEGRO LIFE. Chapter One of SORROW'S KITCHEN features a history of the play and a brief excerpt. Choose one of the characters below and read aloud.

Narrator: Recounts the history of the play.
Dave: He wants Daisy.
Jim: He wants Daisy, too.
Daisy: She can't make up her mind.

activity What are ZOMBIES and where do they come from? Click here for answers.


Zora Neale Hurston was an African-American writer, folklorist, and anthropologist. Click to read Zora's explanation of "The Crow Dance", a folk song with African roots.