Title: "The Gilded Six-Bits"

By Zora Neale Hurston

Publishing Info: 1933

Nature: Fiction

Genre: Short Story

Sub-genre: - Regional Fiction / Romance

Nationality: - American

Time Period: - 20th Century

First  read by Dr. Rearick: Fall 1998 / Spring 2013

Rated: B +

Location: -Dr. Rearick's Office MVNU's Hard-drive & PDF file

Used for: Intro to Literature

Scripture which Comes to Mind:

Comments: A sweet story filled with the local color of an African American couple living in the early part of the 20th century in a rural southern town.  I wonder if a story like this would be accepted because of her use of accents.  Some have a knee-jerk response to such an accent which reminds the reader of Mark Twain's Jim.  But of course Hurston is not relying on a stereotype--in fact she reveals to white readers how little they understood "darkies" in that time period. It is notable that a contemporary director /writer, Booker T. Mattiso, has made a film version of the story, but of course the use of dialogue is not nearly so noticeable in film as it is to readers since the sound of it is so natural.

This is a screen shot from the film based on  Hurston's "The Gilded Six  screenplay written and directed by Booker T. Mattison.  Sixty second clip <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px8FyTisLKY>

More of it can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AdU0Swwngw






        of film version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AdU0Swwngw