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[Review of The Conjure Woman]

Confirmation of a first impression that "Julius" is one of the most interesting personages to be found in the season's output of books abounds more and more in the newspapers. The book through which we have made his acquaintance is commended for being at the same time a continuous narrative and a book of short stories "told with remarkable force and cleverness," "acquisitions to our folklore," "plantation legends in perfectly irresistible form." Julius is called "a delightful old darkey" and Mr. Chesnutt is found to have proved his right by the use of new material and a new method to stand side by side with Mr. Harris in a field that may have been thought preempted by the latter.