The novelist and playwright Zora Neale Hurston was another famous Harlem Renaissance figure whose work focused on themes also found in Hughes's poetry. Her most famous novel is Their Eyes Were Watching God, and other notable works include her folklore collection, Mules and Men, and her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road. She and Hughes co-write the play Mule Bone, but conflict while writing caused them to cut off their relationship.
Students may also wish to read the nonfiction writing of African American leader and thinker W.E.B. Du Bois, including works like "The Study of the Negro Problems" (1898) and "The Souls of Black Folk" (1903).