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22 April, 2011

Zora Neale Hurston, "Muttsy"

photo by Tim Murray
"Muttsy" is included in the so-called The Complete Stories of Zora Neale Hurston published in 2008. I attended a talk by Dr. Genevieve West from Texas Woman's University and learned that more stories have been located. One difficulty is that the journals in which Hurston often published in the first-half of the 20th century have not been indexed so page by page searching is required. And, there is evidently a missing travel trunk that may contain many more writings by Hurston.

Pinkie Jones travels to New York from Eatonville, Florida in the hopes of finding a job. She's naive and scared but determined. Muttsy takes a liking to Pinkie and to satisfy her morals, Muttsy takes a job on the docks but we soon see that he's reverted to his gambling ways. Pinkie and Muttsy marry and at the end of the story, the reader is concerned for Pinkie's future.

I hope it is okay with my friend, Tim, that I post his pictures! For a long time, most people didn't remember where Hurston's gravesite was but Alice Walker, the author, found it and helped make sure it had a proper headstone.

Harper Collins web page for Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston website with audio of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis reading Hurston's work
a blog dedicated to Hurston

photo courtesy Tim Murray