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Frisk's First Rat

"Frisk's First Rat" Educator[Fayetteville]. (March 20, 1875): np.

"Frisk's First Rat" was first published by the sixteen-year-old Charles W. Chesnutt in the Fayetteville Educator on 20 March 1875, predating by more than ten years the publication of "Uncle Peter's House" in the The Daily Inter-Ocean, [Chicago] 7 and 8 Dec. 1885: 5, 5. "Uncle Peter's House" has heretofore been considered Chesnutt's first published story. Glenda Gilmore, Associate Professor in the History Department at Yale University, found "Frisk's First Rat" while doing research at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was republished in the North Carolina Literary Review, 8 (1999): 87.

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