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Hurston lived an extraordinary life and left an exceptional literary legacy. Numerous texts are available about her and her works, including Mary E. Lyons's Sorrow's Kitchen (S & S, 1993), Robert Hemenway's Zora Neale Hurston (Univ. of Illinois, 1980), and Hurston's compelling autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road (Perennial, 2006). Though clearly written and well organized, this biography does not pretend to be comprehensive and adds nothing new to the canon. It simply provides a straightforward overview of a complex life. Hurston was courageous and outrageous at the same time, and Litwin portrays those traits well. She places her subject within the context of the times and uses archival photographs to advantage. Still, although Hurston's constant lack of money is conveyed, the book glosses over the author's tragic and desperate last years, and her death as a pauper. This book should, however, make a useful addition to most collections.
Carol Jones CollinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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