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100 Black Novels by Decade, 1850-2010

100 Black Novels by Decade, 1850-2010

The following list presents novels in our “100 Novels Project” organized by decade. These 100 novels constitute a relatively small number of Project on the History of Black Writing's (HBW) larger collection of more than 1,000 books. 

 

1850-1859            

  • The Heroic Slave-A Novella (1852) Frederick Douglass                
  • Clotel: or, the President’s Daughter (1853) William Wells Brown           
  • Blake; Or, The Huts of America (1859) Martin R. Delany

     

1890-1899

  • A Charleston Love Story of Hortense Vancross (1899) Theophilus Gould Steward
  • Imperium in Imperio (1899) Sutton E. Griggs          

1900-1909

  • Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South (1900) Pauline E. Hopkins    
  • House Behind the Cedars (1900) Charles Waddell Chesnutt
  • The Fanatics (1901) Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • The Marrow of Tradition (1901) Charles Waddell Chesnutt           
  • The Hindered Hand or, The Reign of the Repressionist (1905) Sutton E. Griggs   
  • The Sport of the Gods (1902)Paul Laurence Dunbar

 

1910-1919                      

  • The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911) W.E.B. DuBois
  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912/1927) James Weldon Johnson  
  • Conquest: The Story of A Negro Pioneer (1913) Oscar Micheaux  
  • Hope’s Highway (1918) Sarah Lee Brown Fleming 

1920-1929

  • Cane (1923) Jean Toomer     
  • Home to Harlem (1928) Claude McKay
  • Quicksand (1928) Nella Larsen
  • The Walls of Jericho (1928) Rudolph Fisher

1930-1939

  • Not Without Laughter (1930)Langston Hughes
  • Black No More (1931) George Schuyler      
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) Zora Neale Hurston           

1940-1949             

  • Native Son (1940) Richard Wright   
  • If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945) Chester Himes
  • The Street (1946) Ann Petry 
  • The Living Is Easy (1948) Dorothy West     

1950-1959

  • Invisible Man (1952)  Ralph Ellison
  • Go Tell It on The Mountain (1953) James Baldwin
  • The Outsider (1953) Richard Wright
  • Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959) Paule Marshall

1960-1969 

  • And Then We Heard the Thunder (1962) John Oliver Killens         
  • Lawd Today (1963) Richard Wright             
  • Jubilee (1966) Margaret Walker
  • A Glance Away (1967) John Edgar Wideman
  • The Man Who Cried I Am (1967) John A. Williams
  • Trick Baby (1967) Iceberg Slim
  • Mama Black Widow (1969) Iceberg Slim

1970-1979

  • The Bluest Eye (1970) Toni Morrison          
  • The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970) Alice Walker   
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) Ernest Gaines     
  • The Cotillion: or, One Good Bull Is Half the Herd (1971) John Oliver Killens
  • Mumbo Jumbo (1972) Ishmael Reed
  • Sula (1973) Toni Morrison   
  • There is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden (1973) Leon Forrest       
  • Corregidora (1975) Gayl Jones
  • Dhalgren (1975) Samuel Delany
  • Eva's Man (1976) Gayl Jones
  • Flight to Canada (1976) Ishmael Reed
  • Meridian  (1976) Alice Walker
  • Patternmaster (1976) Octavia Butler           
  • Roots (1976) Alex Haley
  • Song of Solomon (1977) Toni Morrison       
  • Kindred (1979) Octavia Butler         

1980-1989

  • The Salt Eaters (1980) Toni Cade Bambara
  • The Chaneysville Incident (1981) David Bradley
  • Tar Baby (1981) Toni Morrison
  • The Color Purple (1982) Alice Walker        
  • Oxherding Tale (1982) Charles Johnson
  • The Women of Brewster Place (1982) Gloria Naylor           
  • Sent for You Yesterday (1983) John Edgar Wideman          
  • Two Wings to Veil My Face (1983) Leon Forrest    
  • Annie John (1985) Jamaica Kincaid 
  • Dessa Rose (1986) Sherley Anne Williams
  • Beloved (1987) Toni Morrison
  • Mama Day (1988) Gloria Naylor      
  • Painted Turtle: Woman with Guitar (1988) Clarence Major           

 

1990-1999             

  • Devil in a Blue Dress (1990) Walter Mosley           
  • Middle Passage (1990) Charles Johnson
  • Philadelphia Fire (1990) John Edgar Wideman
  • Jazz (1992) Toni Morrison
  • Waiting to Exhale (1992) Terry McMillan  
  • A Lesson Before Dying (1993) Ernest Gaines                      
  • Maud Martha (1993)Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Parable of the Sower (1993) Octavia Butler
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994) Edwidge Danticat     
  • Brothers and Sisters (1994) Bebe Moore Campbell
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1996) Terry McMillan  
  • The White Boy Shuffle (1996) Paul Beatty   
  • Paradise (1997) Toni Morrison        
  • Caucasia (1998) Danzy Senna 
  • The Healing (1998) Gayl Jones
  • Parable of the Talents (1998) Octavia Butler           
  • The Intuitionist (1999) Colson Whitehead   
  • Mosquito (1999) Gayl Jones 

2000-2010  

  • The Coldest Winter Ever (2000) Sister Souljah
  • Erasure (2001) Percival Everett
  • John Henry Days (2001) Colson Whitehead            
  • Leaving Atlanta (2002) Tayari Jones
  • Getting Mother's Body (2003) Suzan-Lori Parks
  • The Known World (2003) Edward P. Jones  
  • Love (2003) Toni Morrison
  • The Man in My Basement (2004) Walter Mosley                
  • Apex Hides the Hurt (2007) Colson Whitehead
  • A Father's Law (2008) Richard Wright        
  • A Mercy (2008) Toni Morrison
  • Black Water Rising (2009) Attica Locke                              
  • Sag Harbor (2009) Colson Whitehead         
  • Getting to Happy (2010) Terry McMillan                            
  • Some Sing, Some Cry  (2010) Ntozake Shange
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