In his first novel Mr. Chesnutt has not disappointed the legion of readers who admire his volumes of short stories. Like his predecessors, this latest book deals with the colored people--a people with whom Mr. Chesnutt has intense sympathy, and whom he portrays with great skill and absolute honesty. The story is of absorbing interest, and brings home to the reader a keen realization of the pathos and tragedy which too often fill the life of the colored man who has an inheritance of white blood in his veins.
Anon. "Review of The House Behind the Cedars." In: Book Notices, The Phonographic Magazine. (March 1901): 55.