The Conjure Woman. By Charles W. Chestnutt. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co.) Price $1.25.
Six dialect tales of the Southern negroes comprise this readable volume of well-written tales, that will remind the reader of the Uncle Remus' stories. In them the dense, savage belief in witchcraft, which still beclouds the intellect and hinders the development of the colored people of the southern states will be found forcibly delineated. The schoolmaster may be abroad, but his slate and spelling book have not yet exercised "de cunjuh 'oman," the withering influence of whose "goopher" is still more dreaded by the negro than all the weapons of outraged law.
"The Conjure Woman," in "Literature," The Gazette [Terre Haute], 20 Apr. 1899: 2.