Sunday, November 27, 2016

Black Short Stories: A Timeline


By Kenton Rambsy

A partial timeline on the histories of short stories:

1859: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “Two Offers” is published in the Anglo-African.

1887: Charles Chesnutt’s “The Goophered Grapevine” is published in The Atlantic .

1895: Alice Ruth Moore's Violets and Other Tales is published.

1898: Charles Chesnutt’s “The Wife of His Youth” is published in the July issue of The Atlantic.

1898: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Folks From Dixie is published.

1899: Charles Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman, and Other Conjure Tales is published by Houghton Mifflin.

1899: Alice Ruth Moore's The Goodness of St. Rocque and other stories is published by Dodd, Mead and Company.

1899: Charles Chesnutt’s The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color-Line is published by Houghton Mifflin.

1900: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories is published.

1921: Zora Neale Hurston wrote “John Redding Goes to Sea” and became a member of Alaine Locke's literary club.

1925: Rudolph Fisher’s “City of Refuge” is published in the Atlantic in February.

1925: Zora Neale Hurston’s “Spunk” is published in The New Negro an anthology of African American poetry, fiction, and essays edited by Alaine Locke.

1925: Zora Neale Hurston won the second-place fiction prize for her short story “Spunk” in the May 1 issue of Opportunity Magazine.

1925: Rudolph Fisher’s “Vestiges” is published in The New Negro ,an anthology edited by Alain Locke.

1933: Zora Neale Hurston’s “The Gilded Six-Bits” is published.

1934: Langston Hughes’s collection of short stories The Ways of White Folks is published.

1936: Richard Wright’s “Big Boy Leaves Home” is published in The New Caravan.

1937: Richard Wright’s “Silt” is published in New Masses.

1938: Richard Wright’s “Fire and Cloud” wins first prize and is published in Story magazine.

1947: Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal” is published in Horizon magazine.

1950: Langston Hughes’s collection of short stories Simple Speaks His Mind is published.

1952: Langston Hughes’s collection of short stories Laughing to Keep from Crying is published.

1953: Langston Hughes’s collection of short stories Simple Takes a Wife is published.


1956: Ernest Gaines publishes his first short story, “The Turtles,” in a college magazine at San Francisco State University.

1957: James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” is published in the Partisan Review.

1957: Ernest Gaines’s “Boy in the Double-Breasted Suit” is published.

1957: Langston Hughes’s collection of short stories Simple Stakes a Claim is published.

1958: Langston Hughes’s collection of short stories Tambourines to Glory is published.

1960: Ernest Gaines’s “Mary Louis” is published.

1961: Richard Wright’s collection of stories Eight Men is published posthumously.

1961: Langston Hughes’s collection of short stories The Best of Simple is published.

1963: Ernest Gaines’s “Just Like a Tree” is published.

1963: Ernest Gaines’s “The Sky Is Gray” is published

1963: Langston Hughes’s Something in Common and Other Stories is published.

1964: Ernest Gaines’s “A Long Day in November” is published.

1965: James Baldwin’s collection Going to Meet the Man is published by Dial Press.

1965: Langston Hughes’s collection of short stories Simple's Uncle Sam is published.

1966: Ernest Gaines’s “My Grandpa and the Haint” is published.

1967: Amiri Baraka’s collection of stories Tales is published.

1969: James Alan McPherson's Hue and Cry: Stories is published.

1971: Ann Petry’s Miss Muriel and Other Stories is published.

1972: Toni Cade Bambara’s collection of stories Gorilla, My Love is published.

1973: Alice Walker's collection of stories  In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women is published.

1974: Henry Dumas’s Ark of Bones and Other Stories is published posthumously.

1977: Gayl Jones’s White Rat is published.

1977: Toni Cade Bambara’s The Sea Birds Are Still Alive: Collected Stories is published.

1977: James Alan McPherson's Elbow Room: Stories is published.

1978: Jamaica Kincaid’s “In the Night” is published in the July 17 issue of The New Yorker.

1979: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Wingless” is published in the January 22 issue of The New Yorker.

1979: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Holiday” is published in the August 20 issue of The New Yorker.

1979: Henry Dumas’s collection of stories Rope of Wind and Other Stories is published posthumously.

1981: Jamaica Kincaid’s “The Letter from Home” is published in the April 13 issue of The New Yorker.

1981: Charles Johnson’s “Exchange Value” is published.

1982: Jamaica Kincaid’s “At the Bottom of the River” is published in the April 26 issue of The New Yorker.

1982: Alice Walker’s collection of stories You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories is published.

1983: Toni Morrison's “Recitatif” is published in Confirmation: Anthology of African American Women edited by Amiri Baraka and Amina Baraka.

1983: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Figures in the Distance” is published in the May 2 issue of The New Yorker.

1983: Jamaica Kincaid’s “The Red Girl” is published in the August 1 issue of The New Yorker.

1983: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Columbus in Chains” is published in the October 3 issue of The New Yorker.

1983: Jamaica Kincaid’s “The Circling Hand” is published in the November 14 issue of The New Yorker.

1983: Jamaica Kincaid’s collection of short stories At the Bottom of the River is published.

1983: Paule Marshall’s Reena and Other Stories is published.

1984: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Gwen” is published in the April 9 issue of The New Yorker.

1984: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Somewhere, Belgium” is published in the May 7 issue of The New Yorker.

1984: Jamaica Kincaid’s “The Long Rain” is published in the July 23 issue of  The New Yorker.

1984: Jamaica Kincaid’s “A Walk to the Jetty” is published in the October 29 issue of The New Yorker.

1985: Zora Neale Hurston’s Spunk: Selected Stories is published posthumously.

1986: Charles Johnson’s The Sorcerer's Apprentice is published.

1988: Henry Dumas’s Goodbye, Sweetwater: New and Selected Stories is published posthumously.

1989: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Poor Visitor” is published in the February 20 issue of The New Yorker.

1989: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Mariah” is published in the June 19 issue of The New Yorker.

1989: Jamaica Kincaid’s “The Tongue” is published in the October 2 issue of The New Yorker.

1989: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Cold Heart” is published in the June 18 issue of The New Yorker.

1990: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Lucy” is published in the September 17 issue of The  New Yorker.

1992: Edward P. Jones’s collection of stories Lost in the City is published.

1993: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Song of Roland” is published in the April 5 issue of The New Yorker.

1994: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Xuela” is published in the May 2 issue of The New Yorker.

1994: Alice Walker’s The Complete Stories is published.

1995: Jamaica Kincaid’s “In Roseau” is published in the April 10 issue of The New Yorker.

1995: Zora Neale Hurston’s The Complete Stories is published posthumously.

1995: Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild and other stories is published.

1996: Langston Hughes’s Short Stories of Langston Hughes is published posthumously.

1996: Percival Everett’s “The Appropriation of Cultures” is published.

1996: Edwidge Danticat's collection of stories Krik? Krak! is published.

1996: Ralph Ellison’s Flying Home and Other Stories is published posthumously.

2000: ZZ Packer’s “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” is published in the June 12 issue of The New Yorker.

2001: Walter Mosley’s Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent World is published.

2001: Charles Johnson’s Soulcatcher and Other Stories is published. 

2001: Nalo Hopkinson’s Skin Folk is published.

2002: ZZ Packer’s “The Ant of the Self” is published in the November 18 issue of The New Yorker.

2003: Edward P. Jones’s “A Rich Man” is published in the July 28 issue of The New Yorker.

2003: Edward P. Jones’s “All Aunt Hagar’s Children” is published in the December 15 issue of Thew New Yorker.

2003: Henry Duma’s collection of short fiction Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas is published posthumously.

2004: ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is published.

2004: Edward P. Jones’s “Old Boys, Old Girls” is published in the May 3 issue of The New Yorker

2004: Edward P. Jones’s “Adam Robinson” is published in the December 13 issue of The New Yorker.

2004: Percival Everett’s Damned if I Do: Stories is published.

2005: Charles Johnson’s Dr. King’s Refrigerator and Other Bedtime Stories is published.

2006: Edward P. Jones’s “Bad Neighbors” is published in the July 31 issue of The New Yorker.

2006: Edward P. Jones’s All Aunt Hagar's Children is published.

2006: Amiri Baraka’s collection of stories Tales of the Out & the Gone is published.

2008: Colson Whitehead’s “The Gangster’s” is published in the December 22 issue of The New Yorker.

2009: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck is published.

2010: ZZ Packer’s “Dayward” is published in the June 7 issue of The New Yorker.

2011: James E. Cherry's Still a Man and Other Stories is published.

2012: Walter Mosley’s “Reply to a Dead Man” is published in December issue of The Atlantic.

2013: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s "Checking out" is published in the March 18 issue of The New Yorker.

2015: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Apollo” is published in April 13 issue of The New Yorker.

2015: Toni Morrison’s “Sweetness” is published in the February 9 issue of The New Yorker.

2015: John Keene’s Counternarratives: Stories and Novellas is published.

2016: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Arrangments’: A Work of Fiction” is published in the July 3 issue of The New Yorker.

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2 comments:

Jon Meyers said...

Thank you for this great list. I realize this a selective list, but I was wondering why you left out James Alan McPherson. I really loved Elbow Room.

H. Rambsy said...

Thanks. Updated. Also added McPherson's earlier collection, Hue and Cry: Stories (1969).