J. B. Lippincott publishes Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God. The book initially earns a lukewarm reception, but is later elevated to classic status in the 1970s. Lippincott becomes part of the HarperCollins family in 1978.


Zora Neale Hurston arrived in Manhattan in 1925 after a short story she wrote received an award from a magazine—click here to listen to an audio excerpt from the HarperCollins NYC Author Audio Tour about Hurston’s time living and working in New York.