Every Tongue Got to Confess
Zora Neale Hurston
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Every Tongue Got to Confess is an extensive volume of African American folklore that Zora Neale Hurston collected on her travels through the Gulf States in the late 1920s.
The bittersweet and often hilarious tales -- which range from longer narratives about God, the Devil, white folk, and mistaken identity to witty one-liners -- reveal attitudes about faith, love, family, slavery, race, and community. Together, this collection of nearly 500 folktales weaves a vibrant tapestry that celebrates African American life in the rural South and represents a major part of Zora Neale Hurston's literary legacy.
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
Funny, tragic, enlightening
ZNH is a hero of mine, and this book showcases some of her most amazing fieldwork. The introduction and notes (which are linked) are top notch. But it's the stories themselves that grip you, with their fusion of the modern and the mythic, protest and fatalism. She was a master at capturing dialect, and the voices of the tellers are distinct, individual, and sometimes poetic. If you've ever wondered what Uncle Remus wasn't telling the white folks (or what Joel Chandler Harris wasn't recording), this book is for you.