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Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston, 1938. (Van Vechten Collection at Library of Congress; public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Major works:
Mules and MenTheir Eyes Were Watching GodDust Tracks on a Road • “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”

“One of the greatest writers of our time.”—Toni Morrison

“The greatest pleasure of Hurston’s writing is that you never know what she’ll say next or how she’ll say it.”—Newsweek

Excerpt from

Dust Tracks on a Road

Zora Neale Hurston

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 of my books. It is one of the 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 a while. If writers were too wise, perhaps no books would get written at all. It might be better to ask yourself “Why?” afterwards than before. Anyway, the force from somewhere in Space which commands you to write in the first place, gives you no choice. You take up the pen when you are told, and write what is commanded. There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.

Read a passage from Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
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