Anthropologist and author Zora Neal Hurston’s book Dust Tracks on a Road begins with her childhood and ends with the publishing of her first anthropological work Mules and Men in 1935. The fact that Hurston was researching, writing, and publishing work in the middle of the segregated American South is remarkable, and although her work languished for a time, it was brought back into the public eye by Alice Walker in the 1970s.
Dust Tracks on a Road is her only biographical work. It is a bold, honest, and unflinching look at her early years to the middle of her life. Hurston died penniless in a welfare home in 1960.