A SHORT GUIDE TO NEW BOOKS
"The Marrow of Tradition" by Charles W. Chestnutt (Houghton, Mifflin. $1.50) does thrill,--it even harrows. It is a contemporary "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," a story of racial hatred in the South. The leader in the Negro persecution finally has to beg a Negro doctor to save his child’s life at a moment when the doctor’s own child lies dead at the hands of a mob. The book is palpably a tract. If the Negroes were not so blameless the Whites not so unrelievedly bad it would be more convincing.
Rev. of The Marrow of Tradition in "A Short Guide to New Books," World’s Work 3 (Feb. 1902): 1788.