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Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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Two celebrated writers challenged by the color line

"In this fascinating and insightful book, Anna Lillios deepens our understanding of the complexity of the friendship between two of America's most beloved Southern female writers."--Virginia L. Moylan, author of Zora Neale Hurston's Final Decade

One of the twentieth century's most intriguing and complicated literary friends
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 26th 2010 by University Press of Florida
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Jan 04, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Fascinating comparison of the literary careers and correspondence/friendship between Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, and Zora Neale Hurston. What I liked about this book was that it covered not only the uncomfortable aspects of an interracial friendship in a very racist time and place (Hurston would sleep with Rawlings's black housekeeper and used the back door when visiting Rawlings's husband's hotel in St. Augustine, but it also covered the literary parallels, specifically ...more
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Mar 09, 2016 Kathy Piselli rated it liked it
I always find it painful to read anything about Zora Neale Hurston because there was so much lost potential there. I was unaware of the connection to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, though, and the book was excellent for that. The racism of those years was also painful to read about and there was plenty of sexism in publishing as well. You can't read this book without wondering what would have happened if these two excellent authors had been born in the fifties, and I did wonder. I decided that they ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Helena rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, florida
It was okay, but I feel like the term "friendship" was kind of a stretch, as it doesn't seem like Hurston and Rawlings actually knew each other all that well. But maybe a "literary friendship" has different rules, or perhaps friendships were different in that time. It was more of a discussion of each author's work and how they compared to each other than a discussion of their relationship. At any rate, I was especially interested in the sections on Rawlings and her work and found it worth ...more
Interesting book. Doesn't really focus on the two authors' interactions with each other, but is mainly a "contrast and compare" of their writings. In spite of the academic style of this book, I actually enjoyed this examination of these women, their lives, and their works.
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