Gloria Naylor’s Works


The Women of Brewster Place: A Novel in Seven Stories. New York: Viking, 1982. Paperback reprint, New York: Penguin, 1983.

Linden Hills. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1985. Paperback reprint, New York: Penguin, 1986.

Mama Day. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1988. Paperback reprint, New York: Vintage, 1989.

Bailey’s Cafe. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanich, 1992. Paperback reprint, New York: Vintage/Random House, 1993.

The Men of Brewster Place. New York: Hyperion, 1998.

1996. Third World Press, 2006

Articles, Essays, & Notes

“A Life on Beekman Place.” Essence 9 (March 1979): 84-96.

“When Mama Comes to Call.” Essence 13 (August 1982): 78-81.

“A Message to Winston: To Black Men Who Are Gay.” Essence 13 (November 1982): 79-85.

“Afterward.” Evidence of Community: Writing from the Jenny McKean Moore Workshops at George Washington University, by David McAleavey, Center for Washington Area Studies, 1984. 110–112.

“Eva McKinney– A Life of Toil, a Triumph of Spirit: Reminiscences of the Old South.” People 23 (11 March 1985): 86-88.

“Famous First Words.” New York Times Book Review (June 2, 1985): 52.

“Until Death Do Us Part.” Essence (May 1985): 133.

“Reflections.” Centennial. Ed. Michael Rosenthal. New York: Pindar Press, 1986. 68- 71.

[Untitled “Hers” column]. New York Times (January 30, 1986): C2.

[Untitled “Hers” column]. New York Times (February 6, 1986): C2. 

[Untitled “Hers” column]. New York Times (February 13, 1986): C2.

[Untitled “Hers” column]. New York Times (February 20, 1986): C2.

“Power: Rx for Good Health.” Ms. (May 1986): 58-60. “The Myth of the Matriarch.” Life 11 (Spring 1988): 65.

“Love and Sex in the Afro-American Novel.” Yale Review 78 (1988): 19-31.

“Mama Still Loves You.” Redbook 172 (December 1988): 42. 

“Sexual Ease.” Essence (December 1988): 108.

“African-American or Black: What’s in a Name?” Ebony (July 1989): 80.

“Graceful Passages.” Essence 21 (May 1991): 136.

Naylor, Gloria. “Women of Santa Anna, Mexico, 1933.” Paul Strand: Essays on His Life and Work, by Maren Stange and Robert Adams, Aperture, New York, 1991, pp. 53–54.

“Graceful Passages.” Essence (May 1990): 134. Staging a Novel: Bailey’s Cafe. New York City, Mitzi Newhouse Theater. 27 October 1992.

[Untitled]. Writers Dreaming. Ed. Naomi Epel. New York: Carol Southern Books, 1993. 167-77.

“Of Fathers and Sons: A Daughter Remembers.” In Their Footsteps. Ed. Henry Chase. New York: Henry Holt, 1994. 5-7.

“Telling Tales and Mississippi Sunsets.” Grand Mothers: Poems, Reminisces, and Short Stories about the Keepers of Our Traditions. Ed. Nikki Giovanni. New York: Henry Holt, 1994. 59-62.

“Finding Our Voice.” Essence 26 (May 1995): 193.

[Untitled]. I Know What the Red Clay Looks Like: The Voices and Vision of Black Women Writers. Ed. Rebecca Carroll. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1994.160-65.

“Grandma Blue.” News-Press (June 21, 1998): 123

Interviews & Conversations

Goldstein, William. “A Talk with Gloria Naylor.” Publishers’ Weekly 224 (September 9, 1983): 35-36

Pate, Willard, ed. “Do You Think of Yourself as a Woman Writer?” Furman Studies 34 (December 1988): 2-13.

An Evening with Gloria Naylor. (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Public Library and Information Center, 1991). Bellinelli, Mateo, dir. A Conversation with Gloria Naylor (videotape). Produced by RTSJ-Swiss Television. California Newsreel, 1992. Bonnetti, Kay.

“An Interview with Gloria Naylor” (audiotape). New York: American Prose Library, 1988. Carabis, Angel.

Cleage, Pearl. “Gloria Naylor.” Catalyst Summer 1988: 56-59

[Interview with Gloria Naylor]. Belles Lettres 7 (Spring 1992): 36-42. Fowler, Virginia. Appendix.

Epel, Naomi, ed. “Gloria Naylor.” Writers Dreaming. New York: Carol Southern Books, 1993, 167-77. 

“A Conversation with Gloria Naylor.” Gloria Naylor: In Search of Sanctuary. Twayne United States Authors Series, #660. New York: Simon and Schuster Macmillan, 1996. 143-57.

“Gloria Naylor and Toni Morrison: A Conversation.” Southern Review 21 (1985): 567-93.

Loris, Michelle C., and Sharon Felton. “The Human Spirit is a Kick-Ass Thing.” The Critical Response to Gloria Naylor. Ed. Sharon Felton and Michelle C. Loris. Connecticut: Greenwood, 1997. 253-64.

Pearlman, Mickey. “An Interview with Gloria Naylor.” High Plains Literary Review 5 (Spring 1990): 98-107. Perry, Donna.

Pearlman, Mickey, and Katherine Usher Henderson. “Gloria Naylor.” Inter/View: Talks with America’s Writing Women. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1990, 23-29. 

“Gloria Naylor.” Backtalk: Women Writers Speak Out. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1993. 217-44., and Katherine Usher Henderson.

“Gloria Naylor.” A Voice of One’s Own: Conversations with American’s Writing Women. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. 27-34. Rowell, Charles.

“An Interview with Gloria Naylor.” Callaloo: A Journal of African- American and African Arts and Letters 20.1 (Winter 1997): 179-92.

“Hidden Wealth?” First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors. Ed. Paul Mandelbaum. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books, 1993. 364.

Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to Present. Ed. Gloria Naylor. Boston: Little, Brown. 1995

Unpublished Works

 M’Dear. 1985. Gloria Naylor Archive, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT, Box 42 Folder 1.

Candy. 1999. Gloria Naylor Archive, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT, Box 42 Folder 2.

Sapphira Wade. 2004. Gloria Naylor Archive, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT, Box 40 Folder 1. 

Parchman. undated. Gloria Naylor Archive, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT, Box 44 Folder 4. 

This list of Gloria Naylor’s works builds on Tracy Butts, “Gloria Naylor: A Select Bibliography,” Callaloo 23.4 (2000): 1497-1512. We are grateful to Tracy R. Butts, Ph.D., Professor, American and African American Literature, California State University, Chico, for permitting us to reproduce a portion of her bibliography here. Works that we have added to Professor Butts’s bibliography appear in red.