Collected Works


  • The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970)
  • Meridian(1976)

  • The Color Purple(1982)

  • The Temple of My Familiar

  • Possessing the Secret of Joy

  • By the Light of My Father's Smile(1998)[LATEST NOVEL]

Collected Essays

  • In Search of Our Mother's Gardens: Womanist Prose(1983)

  • Living By the Word: Selected Writings,1973-87

  • The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult

  • Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism(1997)

Short Stories and Short Story Collections

  • In Love and In Trouble: Stories of Black Women(1973)

  • To Hell With Dying(1988)

  • You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down(1981)


  • Banned

  • Warrior Marks: (with Pratibha Parmar)

Poetic Works

  • Once:Poems(1968)

  • Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems(1973)

  • Goodnight, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning (1979)

  • Horses Make the Landscape More Beautiful(1984)

  • Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Collected Poems


  • Langston Hughes, American Poet(1974)

  • I Love Myself When I'm Laughing...and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader(1976)

  • A Zora Neale Hurston Reader(1980)