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ISBN-10: 0618107339

ISBN-13: 9780618107339

Edition: 2001

Authors: Charles Waddell Chesnutt, SallyAnn H. Ferguson, Paul Lauter

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This unique collection portrays the early twentieth century short story writer, biographer, novelist, essayist, stenographer, and lawyer, Charles Waddell Chesnutt. Readers are shown how Chesnutt was, perhaps, the best African American literary signifier of his day. The volume opens with generous selections from his journals and published and unpublished essays, which document the writer's racial, literary, social, and economic milieu. Also included are the conjure stories, novel excerpts, selected literary criticism, photos, and a list of related web sites for further research.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 2/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 5.30" wide x 8.10" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

An African American born in Ohio, Charles Waddell Chesnutt grew up in North Carolina. At age 25, he returned to Cleveland to raise his family and practice legal stenography. Resisting the temptation to pass as a white man, he made the issue of race and the inequality of African Americans in the Reconstruction South the primary subject of his fiction, essays, and speeches throughout his life. His first story, "The Goophered Grapevine" (1887), was published in the Atlantic Monthly. His major story collections, The Conjure Woman (1899) and The Wife of his Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line (1899), are local-color stories rich in dialect. Uncle Julius, the former slave storyteller, is realistically presented as he tells his Northern white employer tales that show slaves using wit and intelligence to get the best of their masters. Chesnutt's later novels, The House Behind the Cedars (1900) and The Marrow of Tradition (1901), stories of passing and interracial relationships, speak more boldly and bitterly against the racial injustices of the South. They were not well received and, despite the more conciliatory tone of his last novel, The Colonel's Dream (1905), his popularity waned and he returned to his legal business. In 1928 the NAACP awarded Chesnutt the Spingarn Medal for distinguished service to the Negro race. Readers today are rediscovering the humor and subtle satire of Chesnutt's stories.

Historical, Social, and Literary Perspectives Journal EntriesApril 23, 1879 March 16, 1880 May 29, 1880 January 21, 1881 March 17, 1881 Essays
What Is a White Man?
A Multitude of Counselors Some Requisites of a Law Reporter
The Future American: What a Race Is Likely to Become in the Process of Time
The White and the Black Superstitions and Folklore of the South
The Disenfranchisement of the Negro Peonage, or the New Slavery Race Prejudice: Its Causes and Its Cure Remarks of Charles Waddell Chesnutt, of Cleveland, in Accepting the Spingarn Medal at Los Angeles Post-Bellum-Pre-Harlem
The Negro in Cleveland
Conjure Stories and Color-Line Stories
The Conjure Woman
The Goophered Grapevine Po'
The Conjurer's Revenge Sis'
The Gray Wolf's Ha'nt Hot Foot Hannibal Another Conjure Story
The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line
The Wife of His Youth Her Virginia Mammy The Sheriff's Children
A Matter of Principle Cicely's Dream The Passing of Grandison Uncle Wellington's Wives
The Bouquet
The Web of Circumstance Another Color-Line Story Baxter's Procrustes
Selected Critical Perspectives
"Mr. Chesnutt at Work: A Talk with an Author on His Methods"
"The Art of The Conjure Woman"
"Chesnutt's Conjure Tales: What You See Is What You Get"
"Charles W. Chesnutt"
"The Significance of Charles W. Chesnutt's 'Conjure Stories'"
From The Short Fiction of
"'Baxter's Procrustes': Irony and Protest"
"A Literary Love: Rena and The House Behind the Cedars"
"'The Future American Race': Charles W. Chesnutt's Utopian Illusion"
"Chesnutt's Genuine Blacks and Future Americans"
From "Charles Chesnutt's Cakewalk"
Works Cited For Further Reading
Recommended Sites on the Internet Credits