The Florida Collection

The Florida Collection

This collection brings together several books, essays, and poetry set in or inspired by the Sunshine State.


The Flamingo Feather (1887)

by Kirk Munroe

When Rene De Veaux’s parents die he goes to live with his uncle, who happens to be setting out on an exploration of the new world.

A Victorious Union (1893)

by Oliver Optic

A Victorious Union, part of Oliver Optic's Blue and the Gray series, is an adventure story set in the time of the Civil War.

In the Wilds of Florida (1901)

by W.H.G. Kingston

In the Wilds of Florida is a tale of an Irish schoolboy who leaves school and his struggling family in Ireland to come to America. He experiences a Florida where fighting still erupts between Cherokee and Seminole Indians, where white people are under threat of Indian attack, and the landscape is mostly swamp or plains of dense brush.

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912)

by James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a fictional, tragic tale about a young mulatto's coming-of-age in the early 20th century. The unnamed narrator, who has a black mother and white father, is light-skinned enough to pass for a white man but his emotional connections to his mother's heritage make him unable to fully embrace that world.

Florida: Essays and Poems (2012)


This collection brings together several pieces from the late 1800s and early 1900s about life in Florida.