Woman of the week:

Zora Neale Hurston

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zora neale hurston

American author, anthropologist, and folkorist

born January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama
died January 28, 1960 in Fort Pierce, Florida

55th anniversary of death on January 28, 2015


Author, anthropologist and folkorist Zora Neale Hurston was the most prolific Black woman writer in the USA between 1920 and 1950;  the foremother of a generation of African-American women writers, she captured and celebrated the culture of rural Black America in her novels, stories and essays. Hurston was born in an all-Black community rich in folk-tradition and free of racial prejudice. Her father was a Baptist preacher and mayor of the town, and her mother bore eight children and urged her spirited and precocious daughter to "jump at de sun." The education she received at the local school from followers …

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Woman of the week:

Alice Neel

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Alice Neel


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Woman of the week:

Marie Fillunger

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Woman of the week:

Jacqueline du Pré

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Jacqueline du Pré


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Woman of the week:

Henriette Goldschmidt

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Woman of the week:

Mary Ward

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Woman of the week:

Sophie Charlotte Königin in Preußen

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Sophia Charlotte Queen of Prussia

born on October 30, 1668 in Iburg near Osnabrück
died on February 1, 1705 in Hannover
300th anniversary of her death on February 1, 2005


She was left with little time to pursue her diverse interests. Sophia Charlotte died of pneumonia in Hannover on February 1, 1705 at the age of only 36. She had originally planned to celebrate Carnival with her family there. She calmly explained to the priest who had been called that she did not need him—she was prepared for death. Sophia’s mother, Sophia of the Palatinate and later Electress of Hannover, had great things planned for her only girl. A beautiful, well-educated daughter was a trump on the European marriage market. In line with the spirit of high baroque ideals, the …

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