What is the tone in Dust Tracks on a Road?

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Zora Neale Hurston's autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road, is written, for the most part, in an upbeat, optimistic style, which is also the tone of most of her personal essays. It often reads like fiction, with highly-worked descriptions full of of adjectives, as when she begins the second chapter, "My Folks," with the following sentence:

Into this burly, boiling, hard-hitting, rugged-individualistic setting walked one day a tall, heavy-muscled mulatto who resolved to put down roots.

The book was published in 1942 and is perhaps more surprising for what it excludes than for its contents. There is very little discussion of Hurston's career as a writer. Her most famous work, Their Eyes Were Watching God , merits only two...

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