The Marrow of Tradition

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Overview

The Marrow of Tradition is a compressed epic and a political thriller. It spans two generations of whites and blacks whose blood and fortunes are entwined. The author surrounds these families with characters who are constantly negotiating their positions on the racial, social, and moral scales. In addition to a romantic subplot, there are moments of grisly comedy that make you feel you are witnessing a minstrel show from hell. The novel leaves questions which today remain unanswered.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Based upon the Wilmington, NC, race riot of 1898 and written in 1901, this historical novel makes a plea for racial justice. A group of powerful white men continue to run the fictional town of Wellington and their households as though the Civil War had never occurred. Complicating matters even further, Olivia Carteret, wife of the white newspaper editor, discovers she and Janet Miller, wife of the town's black doctor, have the same father. As the town's residents battle their way through the social and racial issues resulting from the war, Olivia and Janet work their way through racial, social, and family issues. Michael Collins provides an excellent reading with his well-paced and expressive delivery combined with a wide range of male and female voices and accents. Professionally produced, this classic tale is recommended for all public, academic, and school libraries. Laurie Selwyn, Law Lib., Grayson Cty., Sherman, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560004936
  • Publisher: Transaction Large Print
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932), an American writer, was considered the first African-American novelist. Noted for his subtle treatment of racial themes, he was awarded the Spingarn Gold Medal in 1928 for his pioneering work as a literary artist in depicting black Americans. Chesnutt is best known for The Conjure Woman (1898), a collection of dialect stories about slave life.

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