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Dust Tracks On A Road

Zora Neale Hurston

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Autobiography: general, Autobiography: literary, Civil rights & citizenship

The warm and lively autobiography of Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most influential African-American writers, is published with a new introduction by JESMYN WARD

With a new introduction by JESMYN WARD

'Zora Neale Hurston was a knockout in her life, a wonderful writer and a fabulous person. Devilishly funny and academically solid: delicious mixture' MAYA ANGELOU


First published in 1942 at the height of her popularity, DUST TRACKS ON A ROAD is Zora Neale Hurston's candid, exuberant account of her rise from childhood poverty in the rural South to a prominent place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. As compelling as her acclaimed fiction, Hurston's literary self-portrait offers a revealing, often audacious glimpse into the life - public and private - of an extraordinary artist, anthropologist, chronicler and champion of the black experience in America. Full of the wit and wisdom of a proud, spirited woman who started off low and climbed high: 'I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows with a harp and a sword in my hands.'

'One of the greatest writers of our time' TONI MORRISON

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Praise for Dust Tracks On A Road

  • Warm, witty, imaginative . . . A rich and winning book - New Yorker

  • Told in gutsy language . . . Her story is an encouraging and enjoyable one for any member of the human race - New York Review of Books

  • One of the greatest writers of our time

  • Zora Neale Hurston was a knockout in her life, a wonderful writer and a fabulous person. Devilishly funny and academically solid: delicious mixture

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Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. An author of four novels (Jonah's Gourd Vine, 1934; Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937; Moses, Man of the Mountain, 1939; and Seraph on the Suwanee, 1948); two books of folklore (Mules and Men, 1935, and Tell My Horse, 1938); an autobiography (Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942); and over fifty short stories, essays, and plays. She attended Howard University, Barnard College and Columbia University, and was a graduate of Barnard College in 1927. She was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. She died in Fort Pierce, in 1960. In 1973, Alice Walker had a headstone placed at her gravesite with this epitaph: 'Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South.'

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