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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)

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  • 02-18-15

Difficult to hear so I can't rate Story fairly

Love Hurston's work- wish there was more out there to enjoy. However, the audio quality is terrible!!!! I love the narrators voices and have no trouble with the dialect; however, this is one of the only audible purchases I've had where I thought I should get a free credit or my mom bey back. I've tried turning up the volume on my iPhone 6, running it through my car speakers, etc. It sounds like garbled water.

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Excellent stories poor performance

Zora's Folktales are magical and Ruby Dee is wonderful however Ozzie Davis was almost impossible to understand. With a different narrator this story deserves five stars.

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Excellent!

Wonderful stories! Previous reviews rate poor sound quality. I disagree, I think it's clear. Volume is just a little low. I'm glad I decided to give it a chance. The stories are funny, poignant, sweet. They are treasures of our culture!

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  • 10-21-17

superStars

as much as i love ruby & ossie davis, i forgot they mumble & ramble... the intro was dull & dry and frankly, said before elsewhere.

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