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The Wife of his Youth

"The Wife of His Youth," a short story in the July Atlantic, was marked by a whole fresh and original treatment of the life among the colored persons of education and social pretensions. The satire in it was the very lightest, poised always on the dividing line between seriousness and mockery. The author, Charles Waddell Chestnutt, is a name new to many readers. According to the current number of The Writer, Mr. Chestnutt is a young man of about 35, a lawyer of Cleveland, O. He was "raised" in North Carolina and taught school in that state. It was there that he enjoyed the opportunity of studying the characteristics of the colored bretheren.

Anon. "Review of 'The Wife of His Youth'." In: Gossip for Readers of Books, The Kansas City Star. (Aug. 13, 1898): 5.