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- Full Title: Sweat
- When Written: 1920s
- Where Written: Harlem, New York
- When Published: 1926
- Literary Period: Harlem Renaissance
- Genre: Short story
- Setting: 1920s Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black town to incorporate in the United States
- Climax: When Sykes returns to the house and is bitten by the rattlesnake
- Antagonist: Sykes
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Extra Credit for Sweat
Revived Influence Hurston’s writings fell out of the public eye until Alice Walker revived interest in Hurston’s work with the 1975 essay “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston,” published in Ms. magazine. Hurston is now widely acknowledged as one of the foremost authors of the Harlem Renaissance, and the most successful black woman writer of the early twentieth century.
New Birthday. Hurston started claiming to be 10 years younger than she actually was in order to finish her high school education at the age of 26; from this time on, she told others that she had been born in 1901 in Eatonville.