The Portable Charles W. Chesnutt

Paperback | May 27, 2008

byCharles W. ChesnuttEditorWilliam L. AndrewsIntroduction byWilliam L. Andrews

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A collection from one of our most influential African American writers

An icon of nineteenth-century American fiction, Charles W. Chesnutt, an incisive storyteller of the aftermath of slavery in the South, is widely credited with almost single-handedly inaugurating the African American short story tradition and was the first African American novelist to achieve national critical acclaim. This major addition to Penguin Classics features an ideal sampling of his work: twelve short stories (including conjure tales and protest fiction), three essays, and the novel The Marrow of Tradition. Published here for the 150th anniversary of Chesnutt's birth, The Portable Charles W. Chesnutt will bring to a new audience the genius of a man whose legacy underlies key trends in modern black fiction.

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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A collection from one of our most influential African American writers An icon of nineteenth-century American fiction, Charles W. Chesnutt, an incisive storyteller of the aftermath of slavery in the South, is widely credited with almost single-handedly inaugurating the African American short story tradition and was the first African Am...

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.Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Africana Studies at Cornell...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.7 × 5.02 × 1.09 inPublished:May 27, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143105345

ISBN - 13:9780143105343

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

The Portable Charles W. ChesnuttGeneral Introduction Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Introduction William L. Andrews
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

The Portable Charles W. Chesnutt

I. Short Stories

The Goophered Grapevine
Po' Sandy
Mars Jeems's Nightmare
Sis' Becky's Pickaninny
The Wife of His Youth
The Sheriff's Children
A Matter of Principle
The Passing of Grandison
Uncle Wellington's Wives
The Web of Circumstance
Dave's Neckliss
Baxter's Procrustes

II. Novel

The Marrow of Tradition

III. Essays

What Is a White Man?
The Disfranchisement of the Negro
Post-Bellum—Pre-Harlem