Book Notification

Zora Neale Hurston Books In Order

Book links take you to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn money from qualifying purchases.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seraph on the Suwanee (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barracoon (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Plays

Three Plays: Lawing and Jawing; Forty Yards; Woofing (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
De Turkey an de Law (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spunk: A Play (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Plays: Meet the Mamma, Color Struck and Spunk (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Color Struck (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Three Witches (With: Joyce Carol Thomas) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magnolia Flower (With: Ibram X. Kendi) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

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

Publication Order of Short Story Anthologies

San Francisco Stories (By: John Miller) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Los Angeles Stories (By: John Miller) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
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 Luis 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)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Stories (By: John Miller,Genevieve Anderson) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chicago Stories (By: Stuart Dybek,John Miller) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
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)Description / Buy at Amazon
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)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lust: Lascivious Love Stories and Passionate Poems (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alaska Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Texas Stories (By: John Miller,KirstenMiller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Francisco Thrillers (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cape Cod Stories (By: Tim Smith,John Miller) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
OOB: Anthology series. The author will have written at least one story in this series.

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

with Lin Yutang
Chinatown Family (By: Lin Yutang,C. Lok Chua) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chinatown Family (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas (By: Lin Yutang,C. Lok Chua) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

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?

Book Series In Order » Authors » Zora Neale Hurston

Leave a Reply