Zora Neale Hurston Sets an ‘Old Cuss’ Straight

“The author Zora Neale Hurston spent several years in Miami collecting folklore and working as a domestic in the home of George Smathers’ father, Frank, a retired judge. In addition to helping Mrs. Smathers keep house, Zora regularly got into fiery exchanges with the family patriarch, routinely letting ‘the old cuss,’ Mr. Smathers, have it with both barrels.'”

Sources: Zora Neale Hurston: A Life of Letters, edited by Carla Kaplan, Random House, 2003, p. 631; and A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida by N.D.B. Connolly, The University of Chicago Press, 2014, p. 175