"The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Colorline," by Charles W. Chesnutt, is an excellent collection of stories about colored people, written by a man who not only knows his subject but has the gifts of vivifying imagination and sympathy without which no writer of stories can attain more than very moderate rank. A fair specimen of the quality of these is given in the first, which is really admirable, and another notable for its simple force is that entitled "The Bouquet." But comparison is unnecessary. They are all good, and a reader who goes through one is pretty sure to read all the others. Good illustrations are furnished by Clyde D. DeLand. [Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston. For sale in Hartford by Belknap & Warfield.]
Rev. of The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Colorline in "New Publications," The Hartford Daily Times Dec 19, 1899: 13.