Zora Neale Hurston: A Blurred Life

September 30, 2019 | 1 book mentioned

Zora Neale Hurston’s literary legacy lives on to this day, but few facts are known about her life. For the Bitter Southerner, Michael Adno examines the writer’s biography through the eyes of her acquaintances, her fans, and researchers: “When you look through her work, specifically Mules and Men, you see it—lies in exchange for truth, masks that reveal more than they hide, little tales that fasten down the spirit of something bigger. Ultimately, she told countless others lies in service of the truth. And so for decades after her death, any answers about Hurston only generated more questions. As she wrote in her 1941 autobiography, ‘This is all hear-say.'”

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is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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