The Victims, Longman, 1970, ISBN 978-0-582-64075-7. US editions: Garden City: Doubleday Anchor, 1971;

Washington, DC: Three Continents, 1980

The Last Duty Longman, 1976; 1986, ISBN 978-0-582-78535-9

Tides, Longman, 1993, ISBN 978-0-582-10276-7

Call Me By My Rightful Name, Africa World Press, 2004, ISBN 978-1-59221-191-3

Selected non-fiction
The Epic in Africa: Toward a Poetics of the Oral Performance, Columbia University Press, 1979, ISBN 978-0-231-04400-4

Myth in Africa: A Study of Its Aesthetic and Cultural Relevance. CUP Archive. 1983. ISBN 978-0-521-27476-0.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Scholar: An Inaugural Lecture Delivered at the Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre,

University of Ibadan, Thursday, 18 May, 1989, Longman Nigeria, 1990 (35pp.), ISBN 9789781397257.

African Oral Literature: Backgrounds, Character, and Continuity. Indiana University Press. 1992. ISBN 978-0-253-20710-4.

Once Upon a Kingdom: Myth, Hegemony, and Identity. Indiana University Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-253-21189-7.

Blood on the Tides: The Ozidi Saga and Oral Epic Narratology, Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, University of Rochester Press, 2014