an unreleased book by zora neale hurston will come out in 2018!

December 13, 2017
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Rejoice, my literary lovers! A previously unreleased book by Zora Neale Hurston is set to be released next year by Harper-Collins. The behemoth publishing house has slated the release of the book, ‘Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave’ for May 8th in hardback, e-reader, and an unabridged digital version (dope!).
“In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, to interview ninety-five-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation’s history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo’s firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.”

In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau to spend an immersive three months interviewing him about his past memories, childhood in Africa, and his journey to the Americas. These stories eventually became ‘Barracoon’.