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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  185 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Mule Bone is the only collaboration between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, two stars of the Harlem Renaissance, and it holds an unparalleled place in the annals of African-American theater. Set in Eatonville, Florida--Hurston's hometown and the inspiration for much of her fiction--this energetic and often farcical play centers on Jim and Dave, a two-man song-and-d ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 26th 2000 by Harpperen (first published 1991)
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Jan Priddy
Jun 23, 2013 Jan Priddy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: read the story
Mule Bone by Zora Neale Huston. (screw alphabetical order)

I find it interesting that Langston Hughes receives first billing for this play. In fact, as I write this review only his name shows on my screen as author. There was an enormous fight over authorship, and Hurston and Hughes agreed that it would never be performed during either of their lifetimes. And then it was rediscovered after both had died.

By the time I finally read this disputed play by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Huston, I had
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Derek
The actual play and short story on which it was based took up only 120 pages of the book and it was great. The remainder of the book was various accounts and interpretations of the 1930-1931 creative process and ultimate falling out between the two authors. Basic details were paraphrased no less than four times but the background did serve to introduce me to the fickle real-life patron "Godmother" Mrs. Mason who doled out monetary allowances to chosen artists in order to pull their strings and k ...more
Gail
This is the play that nearly erased an amazing writer's name from history. The thoughts and wordplay are a sheer delight!
Lanier
Zora Neale Hurston, not only comments on Hughes' controversial biogrpahy as depicted within Hughes' comedic play, "Mule Bone", she also has one of her own short stories within.

Some truly orginal funny bits in this first and only Black Comedy, that NEVER got off the ground. Unfortunately, these two collaborating artists, Hughes and Hurston got into a little squabble and miscommunications that ended what could've been one of the greatest theatrical teams of the last century. This book includes, "T
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Paul Pellicci
The Mule-Bone: A Comedy... by, Zora Neale Hurston
Funny Play
I really got a kick out of this play. The sayings reminded me of a friend I lost recently, who would always say these down home sayings. I asked her more than once if she was from down south and she told me she was from Baltimore. Sure seemed like she was back woods Florida and this play!
Zora Neale’s characters are real. They say the things I’ve heard many times from people I know. I laughed out loud while reading; “Yo head look like it
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Becky Hirtzel
Interesting historical account of a collaboration that could have produced a classic play, but because of a quarrel the play was never seen. Lots of good research and details, more than I really needed. The Harlem Renaissance - what a time that must have been. The "patron" was the person I most despised in the whole affair.
Jeremy
A cornerstone of the Harlem Renaissance, even though it was never performed during that historical time period. Regardless, the riff it caused between Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston is a piece of literary history worth learning about.
Serenity L
i just binged read everything she wrote. she has only 2 stories. the story of her hometown and the story of her family. although always well written. ... it's still the same 2 stories. this was my last book of hers to read and I'm tired of these 2 stories
Rachel
Some of it was funny. For the most part, it was difficult to read, I will admit - deciphering the slang took me a minute. The fighting really turned me off. Maybe if I'd read this at a different point in my life, I would have liked it more. Not a fan of stereotypes... And this story was chock-full of them.
Persephone Abbott
This was good fun to read, a very entertaining short play that I found on the Gutenberg Project online. But, two stars because, it was just that, merely a short play and doesn't really go anywhere significant. For what it is, it has divine moments given by the two authors....
kasia
The play is delightful, and the letters detailing the controversy surrounding it, which are included in this edition, are quite interesting.
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Steve
Jan 13, 2009 Steve marked it as to-read
Shelves: classics
I started reading it before but got sidetracked. It was from the library so I returned. I do want to pick it up again though
Owen
Reading about the historic fight between Hurston and Hughes was really interesting. The play was good in that context.
Latiffany
To be honest, the fight between Hurston and Hughes was far more entertaining than the play.
Brittany
Read it for school. It was good up until the ending...
Warner
Sep 16, 2008 Warner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: black-folk, romance
Great read on life at that time
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Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."
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