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Charles W. Chesnutt Stories, Novels and Essays (Library of America) [Hardcover]

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Item description for Charles W. Chesnutt Stories, Novels and Essays (Library of America) by Charles Waddell Chesnutt & Sollors Werner...

Offers a selection of the African American novelist's fiction and nonfiction, including a newly researched chonology of the author's life.

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Rejecting his era's genteel hypocrisy about miscegenation, lynching, and "passing," Charles W. Chesnutt broke new ground in American literature with his innovative explorations of racial identity and use of African-American speech and folklore. Chesnutt exposed the deformed logic of the Jim Crow system-creating, in the process, the modern African-American novel. Here is the best of Chesnutt's fiction and nonfiction in the largest and most comprehensive edition ever published, featuring a newly researched chronology of the writer's life.

The Conjure Woman (1899) introduced Chesnutt to the public as a writer of "conjure" tales, stories that explore black folklore and supernaturalism. That same year, he published The Wife of His Youth, and Other Stories of the Color Line, stories set in Chesnutt's native North Carolina that dramatize the legacies of slavery and Reconstruction at the turn of the century. His first novel, The House Behind the Cedars (1900), is a study of racial passing. The Marrow of Tradition (1901), Chesnutt's masterpiece, is a powerful and bitter novel about the harsh reassertion of white dominance in a southern town at the end of the Reconstruction era.

Nine uncollected short stories round out the volume's fiction, including conjure tales omitted from The Conjure Woman and two stories that are unavailable in any other edition. Eight essays highlight his prescient views on the paradoxes of race relations in America and the definition of race itself.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   939
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 14, 2002
Publisher   Library of America
ISBN  1931082065  
ISBN13  9781931082068  

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > English > American Literature
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Essays > General
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4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > United States > General
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A Must Read  May 22, 2008
I found Charles Chesnutt through a book on Frederick Douglass. Charles Chesnutt is a remarkable writer whose works should be taught in high school. He captures the power of slavery and its affter effects as it corrodes both whites and blacks. With a clear eye, he sees deeply the problems that still persist and linger in America as a result of the divide between black and white and how each view America.
new found discovery  Mar 5, 2008
I was limited to authors offered to me in high school, and I have been trying to catch up with "new" ones ever since. This man was recently honored with a US postage stamp. The picture on the stamp originated from an area library, which led me to investigate his writings. I am glad I did. He is great. I love Victorian literature, but this man writes with a much more modern approach. An American classic!
Charles Chestnutt Review  Dec 28, 2007
Wow! If you want a glimpse of American life for African Americans shortly after the civil war this book provides wonderful insights. Charles Chestnutt writes stories of what it was like to be free after a life of slavery...The stories are about African Americans adjustment to freedom and life in the late 19th century.
The stories are beautifully written and provide a rare glimpse of this era from the African American point of view. Too bad this author is not well known....Reminds me of Mark Twain in many ways. Thank you Library of America for keeping authors who are no longer commercially available alive.
Charles Chestnutt is now in my top 5 American authors....Read it and enjoy!
The book is beautifully bound and has a built in ribbon to read.

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