Dust Tracks on a Road
Zora Neale Hurston.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1971. Octavo. The first printing of the second edition of Hurston's autobiography, which was originally published in 1942. Orange and black boards with very minor rubbing to the heel of the spine and minor wear to the back board. Jacket has a small tear near the heel of the spine and wear along the front and back cover. This copy belonged to author Michelle Cliff; there is a stamp with her name and address on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good jacket.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
“I had hundreds of books under my skin already. Not selected reading, all of it. Some of it could be called trashy. I had been through Nick Carter, Horatio Alger, Bertha M. Clay and the whole slew of dime novelists in addition to some really constructive reading. I do not regret the trash. It has harmed me in no way. It was a help, because acquiring the reading habit early is the important thing. Taste and natural development will take care of the rest later on.”