Dust Tracks on A Road

Dust Tracks on A Road

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"Warm, witty, imaginative. . . . This is a rich and winning book."--The New Yorker

Dust Tracks on a Road is the bold, poignant, and funny autobiography of novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, one of American literature's most compelling and influential authors. Hurston's powerful novels of the South--including Jonah's Gourd Vine and, most famously, Their Eyes Were Watching God--continue to enthrall readers with their lyrical grace, sharp detail, and captivating emotionality. First published in 1942, Dust Tracks on a Road is Hurston's personal story, told in her own words. The Perennial Modern Classics Deluxe edition includes an all-new forward by Maya Angelou, an extended biography by Valerie Boyd, and a special P.S. section featuring the contemporary reviews that greeted the book's original publication.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : HarperPerennial, 2010, c1970
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics deluxe ed. --
ISBN: 9780062004833
Branch Call Number: 813.52 Hur
Characteristics: xii, 308, 15 p. --


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Jul 18, 2015

Zora Neale Hurston was an impressive Black woman. She reminds me of the typical Black woman... intelligent, bold, brash and fearless. She has an understanding of the Black man's plight. She knew that he was stripped of his African identity and given an identity foreign to him lacking meaning and direction. She knew that the new identity held him back along with the help of his oppressors. Fortunately, she was not poisoned by the subtly implanted degrading words of the oppressors. The scholarly Black folks of her time may have not understood her perspective and possibly thought that she was misguided. She was not. She was a real woman. "Stop complaining and blaming others for your misfortune and become creative and self-sufficient yourself"... sounds like Zora's, the typical Black woman's, disposition. Many didn't examine her perspective. She dealt with a person's character, not their color. This is where she leaves many in the dust, both Black and White. In my opinion, this book will be understood by people uninhibited like Zora.

Jan 23, 2014

Great description of the times. I thought it was hilarious. I enjoyed reading and learning. Wish I had read it earlier in life.

Sep 14, 2013

In this autobiography, Hurston keeps her distance and keeps the reader at bay. She reveals how she thinks about some things, such as religion, but is puzzling in other areas. She never addresses the situation of black people at the time in America, asserting basically that it is up to each individual to make his or her own way. Her conservatism, for which she was critized by Richard Wright and others, is evident throughout.

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ellensix Aug 16, 2017

I wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God in Haiti. It was dammed up in me and I wrote it under internal pressure in seven weeks. I wish that I could write it again. In fact, I regret all my books. It is one of tragedies of life that one cannot have all the wisdom one is ever to possess, in the beginning.
Perhaps it is just as well to be rash and foolish for awhile. If writers were too wise perhaps no books would be written at all.


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