NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.
THE CONJURE WOMAN. By Charles W. Chesnutt. Cloth. 329 Pages. $125. Published by Houghton Mifflin & Co. For sale by Mauro & Wilson.
Mr. Chesnutt introduces a great deal of negro dialect into "The Conjure Woman," and negro dialect is so often a weariness to the flesh that it requires patience to get well started in the reading of his book. The patience is rewarded. Uncle Julius McAdoo, the ancient negro from whose lips fall astounding yarns, is not after all, obscure in his dialect, and he is himself a pleasing character, compounded of simplicity and shrewdness. The latter quality is deftly used by Mr. Chesnutt in winding up the daring inventions set forth by Julius, so that their improbability is somehow softened and excused. Amazement at the recklessness of the negro imagination gives place to a quiet smile over the old fellow’s wit in using his legends to gain his own ends. A gentle humor lurks in "The Conjure Woman" and we welcome the book as a minor but amusing performance.
Review of The Conjure Woman, "Notices of New Books," The Saturday Evening Post [Burlington, IA] 29 Apr. 1899: 1.