American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Episode 363: Zora Neale Hurston: Tell My Horse (1)

The first half of my review of TELL MY HORSE by Zora Neale Hurston deals with the geo-political realities of independent Caribbean states in a time of empire. All of this sets up her analysis of voodoo in the region.

Episode 363: Zora Neale Hurston: Mules and Men (2)

The second half of MULES AND MEN by Zora Neale Hurston looked at voodoo in the United States. In this episode, I finish up my thoughts on this classic of American folklore.

Episode 361: Zora Neale Hurston: Mules and Men (1)

My next "Twentieth Century Girl" is the brilliant Zora Neale Hurston. First we will look at her book of black folklore called MULES AND MEN. Still a great introduction to the tradition.

Episode 360: Shirley Jackson: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I close out my series on Shirley Jackson with a review of WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVE IN THE CASTLE. This novel is a masterpiece of gothic fiction with the ultimate deception of isolation and agoraphobia. Next up, Zora Neale Hurston.

Episode 359: Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House (2)

Part two of my review of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson.

Episode 358: Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House (1)

Part one of my review of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson. This is an important novel in the history of American horror. Hill House is the original EVIL (not haunted) house, which would inspire King's Martsen House and the Overlook.

EPisode 357: Shirley Jackson: The Lottery and Other Stories (2)

In this episode, I take a look at the rest of Shirley Jackson's short story collected THE LOTTERY. So many good stories on race, alienation, women's role in society, family, and the meaning of home. (Lots of other themes too.) This rich collection is a must read.

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