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The Churchman December 23, 1899


Second in the list of Southern short stories we should place Mr. Chesnutt's "The Wife of His Youth" (Houghton, Mifflin & Co., $1.50), yet one hesitates to use the word second at all of the stories of such tragic power as "The Web of Circumstance," of "The Sheriff's Children," of such half-hidden, haunting depths as "Her Virginia Mammy" and "The Bouquet." Then there is fine irony in "A Matter of Principle," melodrama in "Cicely's Dream," the humor of excellent quality in "Uncle Wellington" and "Grandison." Mr. Chesnutt has taken the mulatto for his special field and, while entertaining us with his stories, has made a serious effort to analyze and picture the mixed attitude of the "Blue Veins" toward the two races from which they sprang.


Review of The Wife of his Youth. In: "Some Short Stories," The Churchman [Hartford, CT] 80 (Dec. 23, 1899): 790.