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Episode 7

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston

Episode 7

Mayor Joe Starks has died. At the funeral Janie 'starched and ironed her face behind her veil.' Later as she emerges into her mourning white she has a host of admirers in and out of town but she's too busy basking in her new found freedom to take any notice. Then one day a newcomer comes into the store

Read by Adjoa Andoh
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4

A 1930s African-American classic which tells Janie's story in dazzling Southern prose.
This African-American classic was first published in the 1930s and is seen as one of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century. The author, Zora Neale Hurston, grew up in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated black town in America. Nearly every black woman writer of significance, including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, acknowledges Zora Neale Hurston as her literary foremother.

"A rigorous, convincing and dazzling piece of prose, as emotionally satisfying as it is impressive." Zadie Smith.

15 minutes

Last on

Tue 23 Jul 2013 22:45

Credits

Role Contributor
ReaderAdjoa Andoh
ProducerJane Marshall
AbridgerJane Marshall
AuthorZora Neale Hurston

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