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Maitland, Florida
December 3, 1938


Dear. Dr. Copse,i


I have just returned from the Book Fair

in Boston and had to stop in New York,too.

I am sitting down this time to write you
a much-felt letter,Boss. I am risking it because you are
an author yourself and I feel that you can understand my form of.
insanity perhaps. Dr., every now and then I get a sort of
phobia for paper and all its works. I cannot bring myself to
touch it. I cannot Emra write,read or do anything at all for
a period. I accumulate.&etters unread,even.I have just'
been through, one of those periods th. asted about nine ays.
S'. "*r''t-i" %'Ber than I am,' boss. BUt wten l do come out of it
I an as if I had just been born again. So at last I am back
at work. What I had to do when I bogged down was so little
that I might have finished it in. 48 hours with ease, but I just
couldn't. .My dumb and silent period had me. When I was a
child I used to go hide under the house away from the rest
of the family and mood away. The only thing that bould drive me.
bact to humen association was darkness. I was end still am
afraid of the dark. So now you know. You have been too decent
for me to lie to you and-.retend that I was ill or something.
Just something grabs hold of me end holds me mute, miserable
and helpless until it lets me go. I feel as if I have been
mar-ooned on a planet by myself. But I find that it is the
prelude to creativeeffort.


It would have been lovely if you had been in
Boston with me. everythingg was so restrained and polished
that you would have been right in your element.Somehow they
(the town) showed ma a great enthusiasm for me, which I cannot
make out. Back Bay and Beacon Street turned out for me. You
might have been a little proud of your pet darkey. Yes, I know
that belong to yuu and that Sterling Brown belongs to Allsberg.
I laugh at the little phedhdgllVh he does 'to give Sterling the
edge over me. BUT, he cannot make him no new head with inside
trimmings and that's where he falls town,You ought to see Sterling
exhibiting hisjealousy as top him time after time.

I shall positively be in your office no later
than Tuesday morning, with the book ready for the typist.My
broadcast was set back at my request until Dec. 9. I 3ope
that it can be postponed until spring. Gee' I hate that 'cold
weatherr !

'Most sincerely,

Zora

Zora Neale Hurston

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Carl Van Vethten says it is the best thing
that I have done. Perhaps he is right but it
still doesn't say all that I want it to say.

Morgan College, Laltimore, Maryland, con-
ferred the degree of 14-. Litt. D., last June. I
thought you would be interested to know. I think
most of my friends in Winter Park will be happy
for me.

I am going to make a speech before an exclu-
sive women' club in Milwaukee on October 24,
then i am going on to Eoston to speak at the
Book Fair on October 26.

I think my work here will be interesting. I
am very happy to have a chance to work with the
crowd at Chapel Hill. 1 think it is the door to
a new phase of my career.

Best to the whole Grover family and to
all who may ask of me.

Iost sincerely,






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'V Box 407
Durhan, North Carolina
October,,12, 1939




Dear Dr. Grover,

I am here at the N. C. College, heading
the Drama department, and I believe I shall
have a successful year. I have the good for-
tune to be inculded in the play writing class
of Paul Green at the University of -North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and I am proud of that. I think
that is one of the most pleasant things that has
ever happened to me, and I think I'll benefit by
it. T'i last book on YOSES will be off the press
November 2. It is dedicated to you and I hope
that you will not be disappointed at the work. I
have the feeling of disappointment about it. I
don't think that I achieved all that I set out to
do. 1 thought that in this book 1 would achieve
: idea but it seems that I have not reached it
yet but i shall keep trying as I know you want
me to.

Perhaps you would be Interested to know that
TELL ;.Y HORSE which came out in England as VOO-
a0 DOO GODS, J<"was a bt oF the month and it iwd
'V .fitA t2a 14Bro ,500.00 advancem nt on it in the first
sj week. Since then, have received a second check
for h,63.00. You remember it care out in London
on --Ay 4. They are asking for the n:anuscript of
T'OSES before it is published in America. "My
American publishers are very enthusiastic about
the manuscript. I wish I shared their enthusiasm.




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.: Box 407
Durhan, North Earolina
October,.12, 1939




Dear Dr. Grover,

I am here at the N. C. College, heading
the Drama department, and I believe I shall 4J~
have a successful year. I have the Eood for-
tune to be inculded in the play writing class
of Paul. Green at the U~niversity of -Nrorth Carolina
at Chapel Hill and I am proud of that., I think;
that is one of the most pleasant things that has
ever happened to me, and I think I'll benefit ty.
it. I':y last book on MOSES will be off the press
N~ovemb;er 2. It is dedicated to yiou and I hope
that y~ou will not be disappointed at the work:. I
have the feeling of disappointment about it. I
don't think that I achieved all that I set out to
do. I .thought that in this book I would achiev-e
my i~deaezbut it seems that I have not reached it
yet but It shall keep trying as I know ypu want
me to.

~~Perhaps you w~ou~ld be interested to know that
TELL MY HORSE which came out in England as V00-
DOO GODSI .>@wa~s a bany gf the month, and it wzad
pBQ 4 p( srn a man n 590.00 advanchzement on it in the first
S week. Since then, i have received a second check.
for :,263.00. You remember it camte out in London
on L'ay 4. They are asking for the manuscript of.
)'OSES before it is published in America. "My
American publishers are very enthusiastic about
the manuscript. I wish I shared their enthusiasm.










Carl Van Vechten says it is the best thing
that I have done. Perhaps he is right but it
still doesn't say all that I want it to day.

Morgan College, Baltimore, Maryland, con-
ferred the degree of 59-. Litt. D., last June. I
thought you would be interested to know. I think
most of my friends in Winter Park will be happy
for me.

I am going to make a speech before an exclu-
sive women' club in Milwaukee on October 24,
then i am going on to Boston to speak at the
Book Fair on October 26.

I think my work here will be interesting.I
am very happy to have a chance to work with the
crowd at Chapel Hill. I think it is the door t~o
a new phase of my career.

My best to the whole Grover family and to
all who may ask of me.

Most sincerely,