Zora Neale Hurston is perhaps one of the greatest American writers to have ever lived. The reason being she recorded America as it truly was and still is depending on who you are and where you live. Without work like hers so much history would’ve been lost. All because it wasn’t deemed important enough to be recorded or written about.
All modern writers have her to thanks for changing the style of writing to freeflow. She changed the rules of writing to be more emotional expressive. More acceptable for a writer to incept their own style of writing into a story. Abandoning the strict format of the previous century and decades.
She did to style, rhythm and flow in literature what Adeline Virginia Woolf did to using the stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Zora used much stream of consciousness but in a way ordinary people could relate to.