Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and “Mule Bone”

In 1930, Zora Neale Hurston started working with Langston Hughes on a play which they named “Mule Bone,” a comedic depiction of Negro life in those days. Guess what? The play never saw the light of the day during the playwrights’ lifetimes. Do you know why? It’s because Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes had a giant dispute over credits. However, there’s a modern version of “Mule Bone” (now known as “Mules and Men”). It is in the form of a complete novel.

What have you learned about Zora and Langston that might explain why they argued?

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19 thoughts on “Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and “Mule Bone”

  1. Lynne Clarke says:

    Lynne Clarke

    I think that they didnt get along because they both have different point of view

  2. gifted elting says:

    The thing that I learn about the arguement was that they had differrent ideas on the same play and people are different in this world.

  3. Nour Nesheiwat says:

    I honestley dont know why they argued. It might be a reason not told in the passages or I didnt read it right.

  4. Victoria Payne says:

    that they were thinking that the other person is better than them and it was compotion in away.

  5. Queyharra Ashley says:

    In 1904, Hurston’s mother died and her father remarried, to Matte Moge, almost immediately, considered something of a minor scandal as it was rumored he had relations with Moge before Lucy died.[In 1918, Hurston began undergraduate studies at Howard University, where she became one of the earliest initiates of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and co-founded The Hilltop, the university’s student newspaper.
    1948, Hurston was falsely accused of molesting a ten-year-old boy, and although the case was dismissed after Hurston presented evidence that she was in Honduras when the crime supposedly occurred in the U.S., her personal life was seriously disrupted by the scandal.[
    In 1869 the widow Mary Patterson Leary married again, into the elite, politically active Langston family. Her second husband was Charles Henry Langston, of African-American, Native American, and Euro-American ancestry.

  6. Saul Martinez-Gutierrez says:

    they wanted to make the play better thats why they arrgued

  7. romielting says:

    awsom but I do not think she raped a 10 year old boy and she tried to say it waas false

  8. Daniel Garner says:

    They might have different opinions on things

  9. Olivia Byfield says:

    Olivia Byfield Eng 7:7
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    Zora and Langston might have argued about the play Mule Bone because Zora Hurston only listed her name under the play and submitted to the producers without Hughes name on it. Hughes found a copy of Mule Bone in January 1931, saw his name was not there, Hurston told Hughes that she hadn’t sent them the play-an assertion that was true, but Hughes was furious. He sent a copy for copyright under both their names. The play was a bit rough, Hughes offered to help rewrite portions of the play. But Zora did not want to continue the play.

  10. noah says:

    What have you learned about Zora and Langston that might explain why they argued?

    zora though she was better then langston and she should put her stuff before his stuff.

  11. they agured becuase the have to tollay different people with different minds .

  12. Irene Brim says:

    IreneBrim 1/5/13
    Hughes and Hurston began writing Mule Bone in March 1930. They wanted to write a comedy. They decided to base the plot on a folktale Hurston had collected in Florida during one of her anthropological field trips.

  13. Dmitri Jackson says:

    Yes, Hurston and Hughes were different writers even though they agreed on some aspects of the play overall they had alot of differences so therefore they couldnt get anything done and that made them more fusturated with led to them arguing even more. Also had them split apart and there friendship was no more.

  14. olivi@ muller says:

    they argued a lot because zora was better than langston. this is what i think

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  16. fatima zhunio says:

    I think that they argude becuase they both didnt really have a lot in commen Zora liked to write books and then Langston wrote poems. They didnt really make a good work because they both dont have the same thoughts of how to make the play better or good.

  17. Queyharra ashley says:

    Heres what I learned about Zora Hurston and Langston Huges, Zora arrived in Harlem seventy-eight years ago. Zora published seven books out of her lifetime. Black pride and artistic legitimacy Hurston was found in Harlem. Her life story is riddled with blank spots and fabrications. New York in January 1925, she was 34. She spent her first night at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue, on a quiet corner of Sugar Hill. She spent a few nights then she rented a room on West 139th street. James Mercer Langston Joplin he was born in Joplin, Missouri. Febuary 1, 1902. Carrie M James Nathaniel Hughes, a lawyer and businessmanercer (Langston) Hughes, a teacher. He went to Cuba and ultimately settled in Mexico. Langston’s youthful visits to him there, although sometimes for extended periods, were strained and painful. He went to Cuba and ultimately settled in Mexico. Langston’s youthful visits to him there, although sometimes for extended periods, were strained and painful.

  18. Daniel Garner says:

    They were fighting over who got the most credit from the play and thus the play was never performed. But the play was made into a novel.

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