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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 The volume opens with generous selections from his journals and published and unpublished essays, which document the writer's racial, literary, social, and economic milieu.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.
I. 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 II. Conjure Stories and Color-Line Stories The Conjure Woman The Goophered Grapevine Po' Sandy Mars Jeems's Nightmare The Conjurer's Revenge Sis' Becky's Pickaninny The Gray Wolf's Ha'nt Hot Foot Hannibal Another Conjure Story Dave's Neckliss 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 III. Selected Critical Perspectives Max Bennet Thrasher, "Mr. Chesnutt at Work: A Talk with an Author on His Methods" Richard E. Baldwin, "The Art of The Conjure Woman" David D. Britt, "Chesnutt's Conjure Tales: What You See Is What You Get" Hiram Haydn, "Charles W. Chesnutt" William L. Andrews, "The Significance of Charles W. Chesnutt's 'Conjure Stories'" Sylvia Lyons Render, From The Short Fiction of Charles W. Chesnutt Robert Hemenway, "'Baxter's Procrustes': Irony and Protest" Frances Richardson Keller, "A Literary Love: Rena and The House Behind the Cedars" Arlene A. Elder, "'The Future American Race': Charles W. Chesnutt's Utopian Illusion" SallyAnn H. Ferguson, "Chesnutt's Genuine Blacks and Future Americans" Eric J. Sundquist, From "Charles Chesnutt's Cakewalk" Works Cited For Further Reading Recommended Sites on the Internet Credits