An Exemplary Citizen: Letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1906-1932

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“These letters from the last third of Chesnutt’s life add crucial information to the understanding of this important and, until recently, largely neglected African-American author. The collection will provide a vital resource for scholars for years. I have nothing but praise for the editors—they have done a first rate job.” —Charles Duncan, Peace College
“The preface, introduction, and notes to the letters reflect the expertise of the editors, all of whom are experienced in textual editing; selection criteria and...

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Overview

“These letters from the last third of Chesnutt’s life add crucial information to the understanding of this important and, until recently, largely neglected African-American author. The collection will provide a vital resource for scholars for years. I have nothing but praise for the editors—they have done a first rate job.” —Charles Duncan, Peace College
“The preface, introduction, and notes to the letters reflect the expertise of the editors, all of whom are experienced in textual editing; selection criteria and editing prinicples are well explained, and the thoroughly researched notes explain clearly Chesnutt’s references and the contexts in which he wrote the letters.”—CHOICE

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"These letters from the last third of Chesnutt's life add crucial information to the understanding of this important and, until recently, largely neglected African-American author. The collection will provide a vital resource for scholars for years. I have nothing but praise for the editors—they have done a first rate job." —Charles Duncan, Peace College

"The preface, introduction, and notes to the letters reflect the expertise of the editors, all of whom are experienced in textual editing; selection criteria and editing prinicples are well explained, and the thoroughly researched notes explain clearly Chesnutt's references and the contexts in which he wrote the letters."—CHOICE

"If Chesnutt's letters from 1906-1932 include fewer demonstrations of passionate engagement that hagiographically inclined readers might wish, they reveal something almost as interesting, a man of tireless intellectual energy who considered it his duty to know everything there was to know pertaining to the rights of African Americans in early twentieth-century America. Much of this knowledge is now available to us as well, thanks to the judgment and professionalism of Crisler, Leitz, and McElrath."—American Literary Realism

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This second volume of the letters of African-American novelist and essayist Chesnutt (1858-1932) presents letters from the latter half of his career with the intention of revealing the wide variety of his interests, activities, and accomplishments. An introductory overview of his career and concerns accompany the letters, which address his literary, political, and cultural concerns to prominent social and political actors, as well as personal and professional acquaintances. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780804745086
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Jesse S. Crisler is Professor of English at Brigham Young University. Robert C. Leitz, III, is Ruth Herring Noel Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Joseph R. McElrath, Jr. is William Hudson Rogers Professor of English at Florida State University. They are the editors of Charles W. Chesnutt: Essays and Speeches (Stanford, 1999).

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