By EW Staff
March 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Novels and Stories; Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings Zora Neale Hurston (Library of America, $35) Hurston spent her life writing exuberant novels, collecting folklore, and documenting African-American traditions, but in 1960 she died poor and unsung, her books out of print. It’s some comfort, then, that the Library of America has chosen Hurston as the first African-American woman writer to be included in its handsome editions. In addition to Hurston’s stories, the collection offers the first unexpurgated version of her memoir, Dust Tracks on a Road (the original publisher balked at her sexual frankness). And be sure not to overlook the glossaries, which decipher such Hurstonian delights as ”bookooin”’ (bragging, from the French beaucoup) and ”God don’t eat okra” (i.e., God does not like slickness, crooked ways). A -Nadine Kolowrat

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