Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance

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$25.99  $23.91
Publisher
Amistad Press
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Pages
304
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.82 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062915795

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About the Author

Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. An author of four novels (Jonah's Gourd Vine, 1934; Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937; Moses, Man of the Mountain, 1939; and Seraph on the Suwanee, 1948); two books of folklore (Mules and Men, 1935, and Tell My Horse, 1938); an autobiography (Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942); and over fifty short stories, essays, and plays. She attended Howard University, Barnard College and Columbia University, and was a graduate of Barnard College in 1927. She was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. She died in Fort Pierce, in 1960. In 1973, Alice Walker had a headstone placed at her gravesite with this epitaph: "Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South."

Reviews

"Fans and scholars of Hurston's work and the uninitiated alike will find many delights in these complex, thoughtful and wickedly funny portraits of black lives and communities... [Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick] is a significant testament to the enduring resonance of black women's writing."--Washington Post
"With biting wit, Hurston gets to the heart of the human condition. . . her rediscovered stories will electrify."--Booklist, starred review
"An illuminating and delightful study of a canonical writer finding her rhythm."--Publishers Weekly
"These narratives comprise a rich tapestry of Hurston's matchless vision and talent."--BookPage
"A reminder of why literature is so important. . .These short stories capture the essence of the African American life at the time, and offer a glimpse into how she became one of the more influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance."--Cultured Vultures
"Read, and you'll almost wish you were slumped on a wooden chair on Jim's porch on a hot summer day. Read, because authenticity oozes from every page here and you can't help but like the men and women in the tales. Read, as author Zora Neale Hurston's wit shines between biting narrations and comments. . ."--Miami Times
"Decades on, this new collection is a powerful reminder of her lasting resonance."--Time magazine
"Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick helps illuminate Hurston's path to iconic status...Add [Hurston's] matchless powers of observation, exemplary fidelity to idiomatic speech and irresistible engagement with folklore, and the outcome is a collection of value to more than Hurston completists. Any addition to her awe-inspiring oeuvre should be met with open arms."--New York Times Book Review