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 several books that were extremely well received through her career.

In 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 several folkloric ideas into her work too. Examining the cultures of the Caribbean along with the American South, she would consider 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.

Books in order of publication:

Standalone Novels

Jonah’s Gourd Vine(1934) 
Their Eyes Were Watching God(1937) 
Moses, Man of the Mountain(1939) 
Seraph on the Suwanee(1948) 

Short Stories/Novellas

The Gilded Six-Bits(1986) 

Short Story Collections

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


Mule Bone(1930) 
De Turkey an de Law(2015) 

Picture Books

The Three Witches (With: Joyce Carol Thomas)(2006)

Non-Fiction Books

How It Feels to Be Colored Me(1928) 
Tell My Horse(1938) 
Dust Tracks on a Road(1942) 
Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings(1995) 
Bottle Up and Go(1995) 
Complete Essays(1997) 
Collected Essays(1998) 
Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (With: Carla Kaplan)(2002) 
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick(2020) 

Publication Order of Anthologies

Miami Noir(2020)
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