Zora Neale Hurston was a writer and anthropologist who was best known for writing the classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God. While her work was known in her life, it wasn’t until after she died that she started to receive the type of recognition that she deserved for her writing.

Hurston was born as the daughter to two former slaves. She graduated from Howard University with an associate degree and then moved to New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in the 1920s. It was there that she became well known in the city’s art scene and began her writing career. One of her first acclaimed works was the short story, Sweat that told the story of a woman dealing with an unfaithful husband who takes her money, before receiving his comeuppance.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Gilded Six-Bits (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sweat (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Plays

Mule Bone (1930)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
De Turkey an de Law (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Three Witches (With: Joyce Carol Thomas) (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

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

Publication Order of Anthologies

Miami Noir(2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Zora Neale Hurston Books, You’ll Love…

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story told by its main character, Janie Crawford. she tells her friend her life story in a beautiful language and her life is rather interesting with many ups and downs, filled with pain and love. Janie tells of her Nanny who saw what pain did to her daughter and promises not to let it happen to her granddaughter. She didn’t want what happened to happen to her grandchild and nothing mattered, even if Janie was unhappy. The story goes on to tell of the years after Emancipation when the slaves were freed, but life was still rather difficult. The story mixes real history of this time with strong female characters and is a beloved classic.

Hurston is also the author of Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance that collects many of her short works from the period of the Harlem Renaissance that captured the zeitgeist of African American life at the time.

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