Zora Neal Hurston was an American folklorist, author and anthropologist during the Harlem Renaissance. She was born on January 7, 1891. In 1918, Hurston began undergraduate studies at Howard University. She later later received a B.A in anthropology from Bernard College. Hurston published four novels, more than 50 short stories, essays and plays. Hurston's work slid into obscurity for decades until 1975 when Alice Walker's essay "In Search of Zora Neal Hurston" revived interest in the author. Hurston is best known for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.