Launching the Project
Friday, April 06, 2012
The epic tale of Janie Crawford, whose quest for identity takes her on a journey during which she learns what love is, experiences life's joys and sorrows, and come home to herself in peace. When first published in 1937, this novel about a proud, independent black woman was generally dismissed by male reviewers. Out of print for almost thirty years, but since its reissue in paperback edition by the University of Illinois Press in 1978, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD has become the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the original publication and to herald its place as a seminal work in the American literary tradition, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR will present a multiplatform exploration of the novel and its influence with “The 75th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD,” reaching audiences around the corner and around the world. This series aims to honor and explore this seminal work in the African American literary canon: the second-wave of African American female writers artists; and Hurston’s contemporaries during the Harlem Renaissance, including a focus on the relationship between Hurston and Langston Hughes.