In 1948, false accusations of child molestation all but erased the reputation and career Zora Neale Hurston had worked for decades to build. Sensationalised in the profit-seeking press and relentlessly pursued by a prosecution more interested in a personal crusade than justice, the morals charge brought against her nearly drove her to suicide.
But she lived on. She lived on past her accuser's admission that he had fabricated his whole story. She lived on for another twelve years, during which time she participated in some of the most remarkable events, movements, and projects of the day.
Since her death, scholars and the public have rediscovered Hurston's work and conscientiously researched her biography. Nevertheless, the last decade of her life has remained relatively unexplored. Virginia Moylan fills in the details--investigating subjects as varied as Hurston's reporting on the trial of Ruby McCollum (a black woman convicted of murdering her white lover), her participation in designing an ""anthropologically correct"" black baby doll to combat stereotypes, her impassioned and radical biography of King Herod, and her controversial objections to court-ordered desegregation.
Virginia (Lynn) Moylan, winner of the 2011 Florida Book Award Silver Medal for Nonfiction, holds a M.A. in Multicultural Education and has taught English and literature in Palm Beach County, Florida for over 22 years. In addition to her teaching and writing accomplishments, she is an engaging speaker and a founding member of Zora Fest, a cultural festival that celebrates the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston in Fort Pierce, Florida.