ZORA AND LANGSTON: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal by Yuval Taylor (W.W. Norton, March 2019)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reviews ZORA AND LANGSTON by Yuval Taylor

In a review titled “A Literary Friendship and the Harlem Renaissance,” Suzanne Van Atten writes:

By faulting his two subjects equally and refusing to pick sides, author Yuval Taylor presents a compelling, evenhanded account of the literary feud between celebrated African-American writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, a split often cited as the death knell of the Harlem Renaissance, of which they were key players. ...Zora and Langston is a fascinating and lively story of two iconoclastic writers whose shared passion for creating work that disrupted literary conventions was complicated by the controlling influence of a wealthy white patron, the presence of an attractive, young typist and a collaborative project that turned sour.

Read what The New York Times had to say about the book last weekend: “That’s What Friends Are For: The Complex Literary Friendship Between Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston” by Zinzi Clemmons.