Charles W. Chesnutt

Chesnutt, Charles Waddell

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (wädĕl´), 1858–1932, American author and lawyer, b. Cleveland, Ohio. In 1887 he was admitted to the Ohio bar. His short stories were first published in the Atlantic Monthly and syndicated newspapers. At first, his publishers withheld the fact that he was black. A sensitive chronicler of life in the Reconstruction South, he is best known for The Conjure Woman (1899), a series of stories about slave life. His other writings include a volume of stories, The Wife of His Youth (1899), and the novels The House Behind the Cedars (1900) and The Colonel's Dream (1905). Critics consider his finest novel to be The Marrow of Tradition (1901).

See biographies by H. M. Chesnutt (1952), J. N. Hermance (1974), and F. R. Keller (1977); studies by S. L. Render (1974) and W. L. Andrews (1980).

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Chesnutt and Realism: A Study of the Novels
Ryan Simmons.
University of Alabama Press, 2006
Charles Chesnutt and the Legacy of the Conjure Woman
Samuel, Kameelah Martin.
Studies in the Literary Imagination, Vol. 43, No. 2, Fall 2010
The Significance of Charles W. Chesnutt's "Conjure Stories"
Andrews, William L.
The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, Fall 1974
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"The Curious Psychological Spectacle of a Mind Enslaved": Charles W. Chesnutt and Dialect Fiction
Wonham, Henry B.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 1, Winter 1997
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Wedded to Race: Charles Chesnutt's Stories of the Color Line
Chakkalakal, Tess.
Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 36, No. 2, Autumn 2008
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Whiteness in the Novels of Charles W. Chesnutt
Matthew Wilson.
University Press of Mississippi, 2004
Neither Fish, Flesh, nor Fowl: Race and Region in the Writings of Charles W. Chesnutt
Fleischmann, Anne.
African American Review, Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall 2000
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Charles W. Chesnutt, the Conjure Woman, and the Racial Limits of Literary Mediation
Petrie, Paul R.
Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 27, No. 2, Autumn 1999
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The Descent of Love: Darwin and the Theory of Sexual Selection in American Fiction, 1871-1926
Bert Bender.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Race and Sexual Selection in Charles W. Chesnutt's The House Behind the Cedars"
The Apocalypse in African-American Fiction
Maxine Lavon Montgomery.
University Press of Florida, 1996
A Question of Character: Scientific Racism and the Genres of American Fiction, 1892-1912
Cathy Boeckmann.
University of Alabama Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Howells and Chesnutt: The Racial Uses of Genre"
Black Culture and the Harlem Renaissance
Cary D. Wintz.
Rice University Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Chesnutt begins on p. 55
Dislocating the Color Line: Identity, Hybridity, and Singularity in African-American Narrative
Samira Kawash.
Stanford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "A Question of Justice: Chesnutt's Twins Across the Color Line"
Revisiting Racialized Voice: African American Ethos in Language and Literature
David G. Holmes.
Southern Illinois University Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Chesnutt's Reconstruction of Race and Dialect"
The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition
Bernard W. Bell.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932)" begins on p. 63
The White Image in the Black Mind: A Study of African American Literature
Jane Davis.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Includes information on Charles W. Chestnutt in Chap. 2 "White Types in Black Lives"
Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy
David S. Cecelski; Timothy B. Tyson.
University of North Carolina Press, 1998
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