Bonnie Lee Moss Rattner Papers

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Bonnie Lee Moss Rattner wrote a stage adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, as her master's thesis while earning a Master of Arts degree in English at Wayne State University. After obtaining the stage rights for the novel, the play "To Gleam It Around, To Show My Shine" was first performed in 1983 at Wayne State's Hilberry Theater. Rattner worked as an advocate for African-American literature, particularly the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and Phillip Hayes Dean. Rattner's papers reflect her efforts as an advocate of African-American culture and provide insight into the process of writing and producing theatrical productions.

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