The Marrow of Tradition, by Charles W. Chesnutt. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co., $1.50)
Taking for his theme racial antipathy at the South, Mr. Chesnutt has written a story that not only has in it unusual vividness in portrayal of character and almost thrilling dramatic intensity, but that is also tract for the times in the merciless way in which it lays bare the motives making for the subjection of the negro. Whatever one's individual point of view, The Marrow of Tradition is a book that one cannot afford to leave unread. Its ethical significance is emphatic.
Rev. of The Marrow of Tradition, in "Winnowings," The Beacon [Boston] 18 (Nov. 16, 1901): 8.