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Zora Neale Hurston Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seraph on the Suwanee (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barracoon (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Gilded Six-Bits (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweat (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mule-Bone (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Mules and Men (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... And Then Again (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hurston Reader (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sanctified Church (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spunk! (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Stories (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Novels and Stories (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zora Neale Hurston: Stories (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zora Neale Hurston: Plays (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Go Gator and Muddy the Water (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Tongue Got to Confess (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Search of Our Sister's Garden (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's the Hurry, Fox? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Skull Talks Back (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lies and Other Tall Tales (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bookmarks in the Pages of Life (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Early Works (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

with Langston Hughes
Mule Bone (With: Langston Hughes) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Plays: Lawing and Jawing; Forty Yards; Woofing (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
De Turkey an de Law (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spunk: A Play (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Plays: Meet the Mamma, Color Struck and Spunk (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Color Struck (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Three Witches (With: Joyce Carol Thomas) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magnolia Flower (With: Ibram X. Kendi) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

How It Feels to Be Colored Me (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tell My Horse (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dust Tracks on a Road (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bottle Up and Go (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Complete Essays (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Essays (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (With: Carla Kaplan) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays (With: Henry Louis Gates,Genevieve West) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Anthologies

San Francisco Stories (By: John Miller) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Los Angeles Stories (By: John Miller) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Suicide: Great Writers on the Ultimate Question (By: William Shakespeare,Virginia Woolf,Ambrose Bierce,Leo Tolstoy,Graham Greene,Langston Hughes,Emily Dickinson,John Donne,Plato,Jorge Borges,Gustave Flaubert,Robert Coles,Walker Percy,Albert Camus,Cynthia Ozick,William Styron,Dorothy Parker,Sylvia Plath,Primo Levi,Phillip Lopate,John Miller,Genevieve Anderson,Alfred Alvarez,Howard Kushner,Émile Durkheim) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Orleans Stories (By: John Miller,Genevieve Anderson) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chicago Stories (By: Stuart Dybek,John Miller) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Southwest Stories (By: D.H. Lawrence,Alison Moore,Barry Gifford,Sandra Cisneros,Larry McMurtry,Sam Shepard,Leslie Marmon Silko,C.G. Jung,John Miller,Georgia O'Keefe) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Florida Stories (With: Dave Barry,Elmore Leonard,Ernest Hemingway,John D. MacDonald,Damon Runyon,Isaac Bashevis Singer,Nathaniel Hawthorne,Stephen Crane,Elizabeth Bishop,Tennessee Williams,Alison Lurie,Wallace Stevens,John Sayles,John James Audubon,Joy Williams,Joan Didion,John Miller,KirstenMiller,William Bartram) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lust: Lascivious Love Stories and Passionate Poems (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alaska Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Texas Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
San Francisco Thrillers (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cape Cod Stories (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
OOB: Anthology series. The author will have written at least one story in this series.

Publication Order of Langston Hughes Plays

with Langston Hughes
Mule Bone (With: Langston Hughes) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Simply Heavenly (By: Langston Hughes) (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Plays (By: Langston Hughes) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Nativity (By: Langston Hughes) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (MELA) Books

with Lin Yutang
Chinatown Family (By: Lin Yutang,C. Lok Chua) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chinatown Family (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (By: Lin Yutang,C. Lok Chua) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Saturday Review Gallery(1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories by Black Writers(1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Roots of African American Drama: An Anthology of Early Plays, 1858-1938(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Louisiana Stories(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Florida Stories(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writing Women's Lives(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Downhome(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prize Plays and Other One-Acts Published in Periodicals(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writing New York(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Messenger Reader Stories, Poetry, and Essays from The Messenger Magazine(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mothers Through the Eyes of Women Writers(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Letters to Change the World: From Pankhurst to Orwell(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Genuine Black and White Magic of Marie Laveau(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Midnight(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miami Noir(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Zora Neale Hurston

An American folklorist, as well as being a highly regarded author, the writer Zora Neale Hurston was well known for being a well established voice during her time. Creating a rich and varied backlog of work, she would come to create a number of books that were extremely well received through her career. Producing a full and extensive oeuvre, she has definitely left a legacy which will be heard for many years to come yet.

Early and Personal Life

Born on the 7th of January 1891, the author Zora Neale Hurston would come to have a long productive writing career for the duration of her life. The sixth of eight children, she was born to father who was a preacher and sharecropper, along with her mother who was a schoolteacher. Growing up in Notasulga in Alabama, she would take her life experiences and put them back into her work as a writer in the future.

Later her and her family would go on to live in Eatonville in Florida which, in 1887, was one of the first towns to be proclaimed an ‘all-black town’, as it would be incorporated into the United States. It was here that her father would become the mayor of the town in 1897, followed by becoming the minister of the largest church there in 1897. This would also come to influence much of her writing, shaping the way in which she would look at the world throughout her career.

Studying Howard University she would graduate in 1920, whereby she took courses in Greek, Spanish and English, along with public speaking. It would be with this that she would go on to hone and refine many of her ideas throughout the following years, whilst also having co-founded the student newspaper there, ‘The Hilltop’. Achieving numerous other academic accolades, she would be celebrated for her writing, building a name and reputation for herself as a writer with a strong voice.

Marrying the jazz musician Herbert Sheen in 1927, he would later become a physician, an their marriage ended in 1931. Establishing herself as not just a writer, she would also establish a school of dramatic arts which would be based on ‘pure Negro expression’. Seeking to advance herself and the world and around her, she would become a prominent black writer, a legacy which continues to this very day.

Writing Career

In the year of 1928 Zora Neale Hurston would bring out her first essay titled ‘How It Feels To Be Colored Me’, which would recount her experiences growing up. Looking at her time spent in Eatonville, it would come to exemplify the experiences of many black Americans, giving them a voice in the years to follow. Later in 1934 she would write her first full fictional novel titled ‘Jonah’s Gourd Vine’, which would also expand upon these important themes and ideas.

Travelling extensively throughout her life, she would also come to incorporate a number of folkloric ideas into her work too. Examining the cultures of the Caribbean along with the American South, she would take into account the many traditions and stories that she found there. Immersing herself in the local cultures and customs, she would come to provide a first-hand account of all that she heard and saw during her time there.

Living a long and productive life, she lived until the 28th of January, 1960, when she would finally pass away. Leaving behind a vast and important legacy, she really made an impact with her work, one that is still admired to this day. With more and more discovering her work every day, she will continue to live on in the American consciousness as an essential literary figure for many years to come.

Jonah’s Gourd Vine

Originally published in 1934, this would come to be a groundbreaking work from Zora Neale Hurston as an author of the time. Brought out through Harper Perennial publishing label, this would come to exemplify much of Hurston’s career to follow too. Taking themes prevalent at the time, it would manage to capture a sense of the mood and what was really happening back then, making it one of her most important novels to date.

With this being her first book, it is a definite must for any fans or scholars of the author hoping to find out more on her life’s work. The characters would also come to reflect her own experiences, as many would be amalgamations of people she met during her own lifetime up until that point. Providing an extremely comprehensive look at the period and setting of the time, this really is a fully rounded snapshot of the era itself, giving plenty of insight into the period and setting.

A semi-autobiographical novel, this would chart the journey of a group of characters from Alabama to Eatonville in Florida, reflecting the journey of that of Zora’s own parents lives. Migrating there, the story looks at the issues of the time, as it examines racial politics, identity and, ultimately, escapism. Taking a look at the philandering preacher John Pearson, it takes the title from the biblical passage on Jonah in order to reflect what’s going on with him. What will they find in this new land? Can they make a new life for themselves? Where is Jonah’s gourd vine?

Seraph on the Suwanee

First coming out through the ‘Harpperen’ publishing house, this would be the last novel to be published by Zora Neale Hurston during her lifetime. Looking at the lives of white people for the first time, she gets into their perspective of southern society in America at the time. Bringing Florida to life, this was initially published in 1948, marking the end to a brilliant and illuminating literary career.

One of Zoras only novels on white characters, this title explores their lives living in Florida, as it attempts to paint a portrait of the south at the time. Following the young woman of Arvay Henson, it sees her as the leading protagonist attempting to make sense of this world. With a whole host of suitors attempting to woo her, she must make her choices and find what she wants from marriage. Will she be able to settle down? Can she find the right man? What will become of Seraph on the Suwanee?

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