“Warm, witty, imaginative. . . . This is a rich and winning book.”—The New YorkerDust 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.
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.
Elena Wright Maguire has a problem: for nearly two decades, she's used sheer will to hold together her safe, predictable, and mostly fulfilling life. Then she's involved in a fender bender and all bets are off. She's forced to confront a tragedy from long ago that threatens the sense of security she's worked so hard to create. But as the aftershocks of the past unfold, it seems they just might have something to offer--for Elena and for us--in the journey of navigating the sometimes heartbreaking challenges of the here and now. Set in the foothills of Upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains, and spanning events over four decades, M. Reed McCall's humorous, poignant, and endearing novel is a tender foray into the emotional landscape of family, friendship, and the kind of love that transcends boundaries, weaving an inspiring tale about what it means to hang on before learning to let go . . . and remembering how to keep living when you lose someone you love. To read an excerpt please go to mreedmccall.com/moose-tracks-on-the-road-to-heaven/ To learn more about the author, visit mreedmccall.com Nationally award-winning author M. Reed McCall grew up in rural Upstate New York as part of a large and loving family. Before becoming a writer, she first considered a career in national security, studying for a brief time at the University of Leningrad before completing undergraduate degrees in Russian and English back in the United States, followed by a master's degree in English literature. As Mary Reed McCall, she published seven historical romance novels with HarperCollins Publishers. Moose Tracks on the Road to Heaven is her first work of contemporary fiction. Mary makes her permanent home in New York State with her husband and children. When she is not writing or involved with family activities, she teaches high school and college-level English. Please visit her on the web at mreedmccall.com.
Biography Large Print EditionDelightful . . . wise . . . full of humor, color, and good sense. Saturday Review of BooksThis very personal portrait that Hurston paints of herself offers a rare, poignant, and often audacious glimpse of the public and private persona of a writer, artist, anthropologist and champion of black heritage. Dust Tracks on a Road is full of wit and wisdom about a proud and spirited woman who started off low and climbed high, taking her place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance.
Dust Tracks on a Road Study Guide consists of approx. 39 pages of summaries and analysis on Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston.This study guide includes the following sections: Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Characters, Objects/Places, Themes, Style, Quotes, and Topics for Discussion.
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