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Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) is the last text we, McMaster’s scholars in English 2H03, study this year. It is a beautiful example of eloquent prose and a great book with which to complete a year’s worth of studies in American literature.

Moreover, Their Eyes Were Watching God turns 75-years old this year. In celebration,  New York Public Radio hosted a radio play interpretation of the novel in it’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on February 29 and March 1 of this year. Adapted by writer Arthur Yorkins and performed by the likes of Phylicia Rashad (widely known for portraying Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992), among others. Hurston’s prose sings. It’s worth your time to press play, close your eyes, and simply listen.

Also worthwhile, and also presented by New York Public Radio, is this music and reading salon, featuring different interpretations of the novel by several deeply talented artists. Click through the to website to watch all 121 minutes.

– Joe

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