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Every Tongue Got to Confess

By: Zora Neale Hurston
Narrated by: Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis
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Publisher's summary

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.

©2001 Vivian Hurston Bowden, Clifford J. Hurston, Jr., Edgar Hurston, Sr., Winifred Hurston Clark, Lois Hurston Gaston, Lucy Anne Hurston, Barbara Hurston Lewis. John Edgar Wideman (Foreword) Carla Kaplan (Introduction) (P)2001 Harper Audio

Critic reviews

"With this new collection, Hurston provides an even greater sense of the black oral tradition, which demands appreciation and admiration." ( Library Journal)
"Invaluable tales of mischief and wisdom, spirit and hope." ( Booklist)