Zora Neale Hurston

Yvonne Johnson (Central Missouri State University)
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In her introduction to

Dust Tracks on a Road

(1942), Maya Angelou states: “It is difficult, if not impossible, to find and touch the real Zora Neale Hurston” (xii). Hurston’s life has been surrounded by questions and controversy, and many of these questions, especially about her adult life, are not answered in her autobiography,

Dust Tracks on a Road.

Hurston’s autobiography is contained in three volumes: her “official” autobiography,

Dust Tracks on a Road

; her famous anthropological work,

Mules and Men

; and her most famous novel,

Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Her masterpiece,

Their Eyes Were Watching God,

is the first self-conscious effort by an American ethnic writer to simultaneously subvert patriarchal discourse and to give voice to women of color.

Zora Neale Hurston was

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Citation: Johnson, Yvonne. "Zora Neale Hurston". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 March 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2272, accessed 29 February 2024.]

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