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Mandy Oxendine

Mandy Oxendine

by Charles W. Chesnutt, Charles Hackenberry
     
 
In a novel rejected by a major publisher in the 19th century as too shocking for its time, writer Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) challenges the notion that race, class, education, and gender must define one's "rightful" place in society. Both a romance and a mystery, MANDY OXENDINE tells the compelling story of two fair-skinned, racially mixed lovers who chose to

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In a novel rejected by a major publisher in the 19th century as too shocking for its time, writer Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) challenges the notion that race, class, education, and gender must define one's "rightful" place in society. Both a romance and a mystery, MANDY OXENDINE tells the compelling story of two fair-skinned, racially mixed lovers who chose to live on opposite sides of the color line. 136 pp.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Left unpublished 100 years ago, Chesnutt's short novel of racial identity and murder has been resurrected by editor Hackenberry (English, Pennsylvania State Univ., Altoona). Mandy Oxendine is a light-skinned African American woman who has chosen to pass for white in order to attain a better life financially and socially. Pursued by a white landowner and the object of a traveling preacher's obsession, Mandy is discovered by her former lover, Lowrey, a light-skinned teacher who has chosen to live as a black man. The landowner's lust and greed soon lead to murder and an attempted lynching. While of historical interest in the study of 19th-century African American literature and of Chesnutt's later works (e.g., The Conjure Woman, 1899) the novel is underdeveloped, with characters that lack depth or passion and an ending that is too neatly resolved. Recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with strong African American collections.Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252063473
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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