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Teaching the American Twenties: Exploring the Decade through Literature and Art

Investigating Americanness

Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston

Carl Van Vechten
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After Hurston had worked briefly for her patron, the novelist Fannie Hurst, the two carried on a lengthy correspondence. Hurston's inscription to Hurst on this portrait refers to a passage in her first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine, in which the blessed are given "de hosanna fan," a symbol of their salvation.

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