Amistad Offers Free Digital Copies of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

In celebration of the 129th birthday of author Zora Neale Hurston, HarperCollins and Amistad Press are giving away free digital copies of Hurston’s classic Harlem Renaissance novel Their Eyes Were Watching God on January 7, 2020.

Readers can visit to receive instructions on how to download their free copy of the novel. The free digital edition features new cover art by Patrick Dougher.

Originally published in 1937, Their Eyes Were Watching God is a love story focused on the life of Jamie Crawford, a black woman living in the South. The novel is considered a pioneering work of 20th Century African American literature as well as a key work in women’s literature.

Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama and grew up in Eatonville, Fla. She attended Howard University and Barnard College. She is the author of four novels, two books of folklore, an autobiography, short stories, essays and plays. She died in Fort Pierce in 1960.  In 1973, novelist Alice Walker had a headstone placed at her gravesite with this epitaph: “Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South.”


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