Dust Tracks on a Road Quotes by Zora Neale Hurston
Dust Tracks on a Road
While I read Dust Tracks by Zora Neale Hurston and completely fell in love, immediately after its publication the general reception did not necessarily fully follow the same trend. This first point of the controversial nature of the text itself lends an understanding of the politically charged criticism that Dust Tracks, and Hurston, faced. Hurston received most of her criticism from the black literary community. The stark contrast in praise and criticism from white versus black audiences is imperative to understanding the reception of Dust Tracks. We can also look to the present day to understand the reception of Dust Tracks, in order to contrast sentiments of the novel at its release versus today.
It follows her through an expanding world of experience and intellectual growth to Howard University , where the writer Charles S. Johnson discovers her work and publishes two stories. Thus begins her association with a series of mentors and patrons who often support Hurston financially as well as spiritually. The most notable of her patrons thereafter are Fannie Hurst , a white writer for whom she works as a secretary, and anthropologist Franz Boas , who arranges a fellowship for her research of black folklore. This research formed the basis of her well-received book Mules and Men
From Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most important African American writers of the twentieth century, comes her riveting autobiography—now available in a limited Olive Edition. This is a rich and winning book. There is an eerie, sometimes pathetic, ofttimes beautiful urge that prevails in Black American lore, lyrics and literature. It is rather astounding that so many noninformed, or at best partially informed, yet otherwise learned personages have felt and still feel that although they themselves could not replicate the grunts, moans and groans of their Black contemporaries, they could certainly explain the utterances and even give descriptions, designs and desires of the utterers. Black Americans often have found themselves in disagreement with many who have cavalierly drawn their portraits.
Like the dead-seeming, cold rocks, I have memories within that came out of the material that went to make me. Time and place have had their say. So you will have to know something about the time and place where I came from, in order that you may interpret the incidents and directions of my life.
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