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[Review of The Conjure Woman]

Mr. Charles W. Chesnutt, whose remarkable story called "The Wife of His Youth," published in the July Atlantic, we commented on in our August number, has been in Boston and New York during the past month, meeting some friends and making arrangements for the publication of his work. Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin and Company will publish next spring a volume of "darkey conjure" stories by Mr. Chesnutt, and the author has also in hand a novel dealing with coloured conditions which will see the light later on. Some of these "conjure" stories appeared a few years ago in the Atlantic, and are among the best things that have appeared in this field of literature. Mr. Chesnutt's work may not always conform to the popular taste, but there is a classic note in its artistic touch and literary expression which gives it an enduring quality. Consequently, we believe that Mr. Chesnutt's first book when it appears will attract wide and serious attention.