At age 26, Hurston still had not finished high school. In 1917, she began attending a free high school in Baltimore, Maryland where she claimed her date of birth was 1901, making her 16 years old. Lucky for her, she had the looks and personality to pull it off. Hurston was also known to have “a fiery intellect, an infectious sense of humor, and ‘the gift of walking into hearts,’ as one friend put it.” Her talents paved her way into the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s, meeting the likes of famous poets such as Langston Hughes and popular singer Ethel Waters. During this time Hurston wrote her short story “Spunk,” which was selected into an anthology of African American art and literature that included Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and Claude McKay.
Hurston attended Barnard College through scholarship. Being the only black student at the school during that time, she graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology in 1927. By 1935, she published several short stories, novels, and folklore. In the late 1930’s she published one of her greatest works, Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was about a proud and independent black woman. In the following years, Hurston published a number of her works; Tell My Horse about Caribbean voodoo practices, and Moses, Man of the Mountain, to name a few.
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