Published in Story magazine in 1933, “The Gilded Six-Bits” is one of Zora Neale Hurston’s earliest works. A principal writer of The Harlem Renaissance, Hurston is well-known for her groundbreaking depictions of Black female sexuality and Black lives in the American South in the first half of the twentieth century. A short story of disillusionment and the heartbreaking effects of infidelity, “The Gilded Six-Bits” is a poignant piece of realistic fiction.


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