Shanna Benjamin produced an episode on Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) for our podcast series Remarkable Receptions.
Here she is early on describing the novel and its evolving reception:
Their Eyes was a stark departure from the protest tradition popularized by Hurston’s Black male contemporaries. Praised by some but reviled by others, this novel about a Black woman’s inner life eventually fell out of print. It would take years before the novel found its way back onto bookshelves and into classrooms, ushered there by Black women writers and scholars who recognized the value of the novel and the importance of its author at first read.