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Reviews

This section offers the most complete collection of contemporary reviews of Chesnutt to be found anywhere. We will supplement this collection further as more reviews are located, and we are grateful when users alert us to missing items.

During his lifetime, Chesnutt's works earned publication notices and reviews in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines. Our collection includes reviews published in city newspapers, regional magazines, and national outlets. The collection includes materials from the Black press as well as the White press.

In the late 1990s John M. Freiermuth, then a graduate student in the Department of English, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, collected a large batch of reviews and offered them to project co-editor Stephanie Browner for use on the initial version of the Chesnutt Archive. Since then many more reviews have been located thanks to the increasing availability of historic periodicals through online databases. Samantha Gilmore of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has led the effort to discover and document more reviews, an effort that has vastly increased our ability to study Chesnutt’s early reception.

You can find reviews for specific Chesnutt works here, or browse all reviews below.

Reviews

312 items

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: May 23, 1903
  • Creator(s): Alexander, Charles
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland Journal

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: July 26, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Broad Ax

"The Marrow of Tradition"

  • Date: May 5, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Argonaut

Race Problems in the South, The Argonaut, May 5, 1902

  • Date: May 5, 1902
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Argonaut

Two Strong Men of the Race

  • Date: April 5, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Tuskegee Student

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: April 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Phonographic Magazine

Six Novels

  • Date: March 22, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Evening Post

Three Novels of Nowadays

  • Date: March 13, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Country Gentleman

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: March 6, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Independent

Charles W. Chesnutt's Books

  • Date: February 1, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Appeal

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: February 1, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Public

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: February 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: World's Work

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: January 26, 1902
  • Creator(s): Hahn, Charles Curtz
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Sunday World-Herald

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: January 19, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: January 18, 1902
  • Creator(s): Alexander, Charles
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Freeman

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: January 12, 1902
  • Creator(s): von Ende, Von A.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Sonntagsblatt der New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: January 8, 1902
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Herald and Presbyter

Mr Chesnutt and the Negro Problem

  • Date: December 29, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Newark Sunday News

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 28, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Freeman

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 28, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Town and Country

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 21, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Friends' Intelligencer

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 15, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Times

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 15, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Daily States

A New Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Date: December 14, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: St. Paul Dispatch

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 12, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Watchman

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 7, 1901
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Appeal

A Story of Race Conflict

  • Date: December 7, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Congregationalist and Christian World

One of the Leading Novelists of the Race

  • Date: December 4, 1901
  • Creator(s): Wright, John Livingston
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Colored American Magazine

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 4, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Zion's Herald

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: December 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Southern Workman

An Exemplary Citizen

  • Date: December 1901
  • Creator(s): Howells, W. D.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The North American Review

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 22, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Daily Time

A Powerful Story

  • Date: November 20, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Chicago Daily Tribune

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 20, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The St. Paul Globe

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 19, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Portland Weekly Advertiser

A Bundle of New Novels

  • Date: November 17, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Providence Daily Journal

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 16, 1901
  • Creator(s): Mabie, Hamilton Wright
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Outlook

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 16, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Beacon

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 16, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Courier

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 9, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 9, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Evening Star

From the Negro Side

  • Date: November 3, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Illustrated Buffalo Express

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 2, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: New York Press

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 1, 1901
  • Creator(s): W. W. H.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Modern Culture

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: November 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Worchester Magazine

The Race Question in Fiction

  • Date: October 27, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Sunday Herald

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: October 26, 1901
  • Creator(s): Alexander, Charles
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Freeman

Mr. Chesnutt at Work

  • Date: September 4, 1901
  • Creator(s): Thrasher, Max Bennett
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Evening Transcript

A New Element in Fiction

  • Date: August 1901
  • Creator(s): Cary, Elisabeth L.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Book Buyer

A Southern Problem

  • Date: June15, 1901
  • Creator(s): Crawford, John N.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Chicago Journal