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THE INDIANAPOLIS JOURNAL, MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 1900

The Wife of His Youth

This is the title given to a volume containing nine short stories by Chas. W. Chesnutt, a negro writer. The title story is founded on the experiences of a colored couple who married young, and then were separated by the chances of slavery and war. The husband, a bright and honorable man, loses trace of his wife, comes North, prospers and makes friends who suppose him to be a single man. Finally, after twenty-five years, his faithful wife finds him, and he, as faithful to her, publicly acknowledges her. It is a simple story, but well told. The other stories deal mainly with Southern life and character, and, without being particularly strong, are readable. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co.

----- Review of The Wife of His Youth. In: "Recent Publications," The Indianapolis Journal 15 Jan. 1900: 5.