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July 31, 2014

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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On This Day:
  • Daniel Defoe, forced to stand in the pillory in front of Temple Bar for having written a politically satirical pamphlet Shortest Way with Dissenters, draws sympathetic crowds who pelt him with flowers instead of mud, 1703
  • First U.S. patent is issued to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process, 1790
  • The Shadow radio mystery program airs for first time, 1930
  • British Navy ends the "rum ration" after 283 years, 1970
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  • Mary Morris Vaux Walcott (1860-1940), American artist and naturalist known for her watercolor paintings of wildflowers
  • Brett Halliday (Davis Dresser, 1904-1977), Chicago-born Texas-raised mystery writer best known for Mike Shayne novels; Dresser also wrote westerns and non-series mysteries using pennames Asa Baker, Mathew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Anderson Wayne
  • Joanne Kathleen Rowling (b. 1965), English writer of Harry Potter fame
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