I just finished reading Zora Neale Hurston's memoir Dust Tracks on a Road and I thought it seemed to be full of tall tales as well as omissions, though obviously it is based on her real life. In his afterword to the edition I read, Henry Louis Gates Jr writes

Hurston did make significant parts of herself up, like a masquerader putting on a disguise for the ball, like a character in her fictions.

I wondered to what extent the memoir was fictionalised - is it possible to summarise the key fictions? Or would it be shorter to summarise the key facts?!


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