Zora Neale Hurston Reading Project

I have only read two works by Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God and Jonah’s Gourd Vine) and loved them both. And, truth be told I didn’t read Their Eyes. My grandmother read it to me. I was having a heck of a time with the dialog and my grandmother who was from the South just did her thing. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to read more of her and I’ve decided to start in 2021.

The Zora Neale Hurston Reading Project is will be a multi-year reading project. I’m thinking maybe 2.5 years.

Why so long? you may be asking. (1) I want to spend time with her works and (2) there is a lot out there. So far, I have counted just over 60 works published in her lifetime and this number doesn’t include works that were recently discovered and published.

  • 4 Novels
  • 3 Non-fiction to include 1 autobiography
  • 26 Short Stories
  • 23 Essays
  • 11 Plays
  • 2 Children’s Books

The Plan: I broke the schedule up, so I’m reading a work of fiction/non-fiction, then a play, then essays, and then short stories. And, I’m trying to keep it as close to publication order as possible.

If you’d join me you can join the Storygraph group and/or follow the schedule below. I will make biweekly or monthly updates here, but if you want to see weekly updates make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel.

Month Year Published Text Genre
Jan 1934 Jonah’s Gourd Vine fiction
Feb Jonah’s Gourd Vine fiction
1925 Meet Momma play
1926 Color Struck play
March 1926 “The Eatonville Anthology” essay
1928 “How It Feels To Be Colored Me” essay
April 1921 “John Redding Goes to Sea short story
1924 “Drenched in Light” short story
1925 “Spunk” short story
1926 “Magnolia Flower short story
May 1935 Mules & Men non-fiction
June 1926 Spears play
1927 The First One play
July Characteristics of Negro Expression essay
Conversions and Visions essay
Aug 1926 “Muttsy” short story
1926 “‘Possum or Pig” short story
1926 “Sweat” short story
1933 “The Gilded Six-Bits” short story
Sept 1937 Their Eyes Were Watching God fiction
Oct Their Eyes Were Watching God fiction
1930 Cold Keener play
Nov Shouting essay
1934 Mother Catherine essay
Dec 1934 Uncle Monday short story
1934 The Fire and the Cloud short story
1941 Cock Robin Beale Street short story
1942 Story in Harlem Slang short story