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The House Behind the Cedars

* * * Mr. Charles W. Chestnutt's "The House behind the Cedars," in which the tragedy of the woman with a drop of black blood in her veins is recorded without a touch of melodrama. Mr. Chestnutt writes of an experience in which he must have shared to a certain extent, but he writes with admirable reserve and dispassionateness. His story is not so important as his earlier tale, "The Conjure Woman," which was a distinct addition to American folk-lore as well as to the gallery of American types, but it reports a bit of human history full of tragic significance. * * *

Review of The House Behind the Cedars. "American Literature." The Saturday Review. March 16, 1901: 342-43.