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Literary Landmarks: Zora Neale Hurston house

Zora Neale Hurston Zora Neale Hurston (1901-1960), writer, folklorist, and anthropologist, was a noted black female writer of the mid-20th century. In addition to her four novels, two books of folklore, and an autobiography, Hurston wrote over 50 short stories and essays; her work, viewed by some as controversial, neither romaticized black folk life nor condemned it. Hurston lived in this house while working as teacher and a reporter and columnist for the Fort Pierce Chronicle in the final years of her life.

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  • Adolf Hitler (Schickelgruber) becomes president of the German Nazi Party, 1921
  • Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, first part of Lord of the Rings, published in UK, 1954
  • American Indian Movement (AIM) is founded in Minneapolis to deal with problems of relocated urban Indians, 1968
  • Herbert Marcuse, German-American philosopher and sociologist, major theorist of the Frankfurt School, dies on this day in 1979
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  • Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), French historian and author
  • Elisée Reclus (1830-1905), French anarchist geographer and writer
  • Johannes Schmidt (1843-1901), German linguist, developer of Wave Theory
  • James Shaver Woodsworth (1874-1942), Canadian Methodist minister and social reformer, father of Canada's Old Age Pensions and founder and first elected leader of Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, precursor of Canada's New Democratic Party
  • Stanley Kunitz, (1905-2006), American writer, poet, translator, essayist, centenarian
  • Chester Himes (1909-1984), African-American mystery novelist
  • Edwin O'Connor (1918-1968), American journalist and novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner (The Edge of Sadness), 1962
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