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Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf Statesby Zora Neale Hurston
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Recently discovered, this first new book to be published by the master of African-American folklore in more than fifty years features an abundance of folktales about love, slavery, faith, family, race, and community, collected in the late 1920s, that represent a large part of the author's literary legacy and detail African-American life in the rural South. Reprint.
Table of Contents
Foreword / by John Edgar Wideman — Introduction / by Carla Kaplan — A note to the reader — Negro folk-tales from the Gulf States — God tales — Preacher tales — Devil tales — Witch and hant tales — Heaven tales — John and Massa tales — Tall tales — Neatest trick tales — Mistaken identity tales — Fool tales — Woman tales — School tales — Miscellaneous tales — Talking animal tales — Animal tales — "Stories Kossula told me."
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