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Folklore, memoirs, and other writings

by Hurston, Zora Neale.

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 5 of 6 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 810 HU
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CLP - Hill District Non-Fiction Collection GR55.H86 A3 1995
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Non Fiction Lib Amer 398.09 HURS
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Fiction Classics Fic Hur
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 813 H86f
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This Library of America volume, with its companion, brings together for the first time all of the best writing of Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most significant twentieth-century American writers, in one authoritative set.

"Folklore is the arts of the people," Hurston wrote, "before they find out that there is any such thing as art." A pioneer of African-American ethnography who did graduate study in anthropology with the renowned Franz Boas, Hurston devoted herself to preserving the black folk heritage. In Mules and Men (1935), the first book of African-American folklore written by an African American, she returned to her native Florida and to New Orleans to record stories and sermons, blues and work songs, children's games, courtship rituals, and formulas of voodoo doctors. This classic work is presented here with the original illustrations by the great Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias.

Tell My Horse (1938), part ethnography, part travel book, vividly recounts the survival of African religion in Jamaican obeah and Haitian voodoo in the 1930s. Keenly alert to political and intellectual currents, Hurston went beyond superficial exoticism to explore the role of these religious systems in their societies. The text is illustrated by twenty-six photographs, many of them taken by Hurston. Her extensive transcriptions of Creole songs are here accompanied by new translations.

A special feature of this volume is Hurston's controversial 1942 autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road . With consultation by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is presented here for the first time as she intended, restoring passages omitted by the original because of political controversy, sexual candor, or fear of libel. Included in an appendix are four additional chapters, one never published, which represent earlier stages of Hurston's conception of the book.

Twenty-two essays, from "The Eatonville Anthology" (1926) to "Court Order Can't Make Races Mix" (1955), demonstrate the range of Hurston's concerns as they cover subjects from religion, music, and Harlem slang to Jim Crow and American democracy.

The chronology of Hurston's life prepared for this edition sheds fresh light on many aspects of her career. In addition, this volume contains detailed notes and a brief essay on the texts.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Mules and men
Tell my horse
Dust tracks on a road
Selected articles.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Library of America's companion to Hurston's Novels and Stories presents her nonfiction work, which is perhaps less familiar but no less important than her fiction in the body of black literature. This is the first time the unexpurgated version of her 1942 autobiography, Dust Tracks on the Road, is being published; sections deemed too provocative (dealing with politics, race, and sex) have been restored. Mules and Men (1935) is a collection of African American folklore she gleaned on travels in the South, while Tell My Horse (1938) tenders her personal findings on African-based religion in Jamaica and Haiti. Additionally, 22 magazine and book articles with anthropological themes (Hurston did graduate work in that field) that have never been gathered into book form are corralled here. As readers only familiar with her fiction will discover, she couches her nonfiction in the same visceral yet poetic style--for instance, this quote from Dust Tracks: "It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it." It will never be easier to acquire a complete set of Hurston's nonfiction than now. (Reviewed Feb 15, 1995)0940450844Brad Hooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Library of America ; 75.
Subjects Hurston, Zora Neale.
Folklorists -- United States -- Biography.
African American novelists -- 20th century -- Biography.
African Americans -- Folklore.
Publisher New York :Library of America,1995
Other Titles Dust tracks on a road.
Tell my horse.
Mules and men.
Contributors Wall, Cheryl A.
Language English
Description 1001 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 981-987).
ISBN 0940450844 :
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