You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

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Publisher: Amistad
Published: January 18, 2022
ISBN: 9780063043855
Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author.

Praise for You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

You Don’t Know Us Negroes” adds immeasurably to our understanding of Hurston, who was a tireless crusader in all her writing, and ahead of her time…
— New York Times Book Review
Especially striking here is the breadth of Hurston’s intellect on display. She peppers her essays with such exhaustive literary, historical, biographical, political, artistic, educational, religious references that if readers were simply to follow the footnotes alone (as compiled by West and Gates), they would gain a valuable education.
— Trudier Harris, New York Times
Dazzling… provocative, funny, bawdy, informative and outrageous. Gates and West have put together a comprehensive collection that lets Hurston shine as a writer, a storyteller and an American iconoclast.
— Washington Post
Hurston is bold, honest, and provocative, as always, whether she’s pontificating on the ideological mirage of white feminism or insisting that school integration did less than we thought to improve Black students’ educations. The lyrical and uncompromising prose in this collection offers a window into the world of one of our greatest literary minds.
— Vulture
…creates a powerful and nuanced mosaic of Black culture.
— Christian Science Monitor
I liked this book…Reading Hurston, you always wonder what shape her dignity will take next. Her style and spark were her own.
— New York Times
Vigorous writings from a controversial and important cultural critic.
— Kirkus Reviews
This is a carry-it-everywhere-with-you kind of book, perfect for times when you need some introspection as diversion. “You Don’t Know Us Negroes” is like that, and that’s just the way it is.
— Philadelphia Tribune