The Conjure Tales and Stories of the Color Line

The Conjure Tales and Stories of the Color Line : Collected Stories

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Unlike the popular "Uncle Remus" stories of Joel Chandler Harris, Charles W. Chesnutt's tales probe psychological depths in black people unheard of before in Southern regional writing. They also expose the anguish of mixed-race men and women and the consequences of racial hatred, mob violence, and moral compromise. This important collection contains all the stories in his two published volumes, The Conjure Woman and The Wife of His Youth, along with two uncollected works: the tragic "Dave's Neckliss" and "Baxter's Procustes," Chesnutt's parting shot at prejudice. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 127.8 x 195.1 x 14mm | 218.97g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0141185023
  • 9780141185026
  • 2,135,186

About Charles Waddell Chesnutt

William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of To Tell a Free Story and editor or coeditor of more than thirty books on African American literature.
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Table of contents

The goophered grapevine -- Po' Sandy -- Mars Jeem's nightmare -- The conjurer's revenge -- Sis' Becky's pickanniny -- The gray wolf's ha'nt -- Hog-foot Hannibal -- Dave's neckliss -- 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 -- Baxter's procrustes.
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