Now frequently anthologized, Zora Neale Hurstons short story Sweat was first published in Fire!!, a legendary literary magazine of the Harlem Renaissance, whose sole issue appeared in November 1926. Among contributions by Gwendolyn Bennett, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, and Wallace Thurman, Sweat stood out both for its artistic accomplishment and its exploration of rural Southern black life. In Sweat Hurston claimed the voice that animates her mature fiction, notably the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God; the themes of marital conflict and the development of spiritual consciousness were introduced as well. Sweat exemplifies Hurstons lifelong concern with womens relation to language and the literary possibilities of black vernacular.This casebook for the story includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of the authors life, the authoritative text of Sweat, and a second story, The Gilded Six-Bits.