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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 Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: February 1906
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Voice of the Negro

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: September 23, 1905
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Detroit Free Press

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: Sepember 30, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Chicago Evening Post

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: December 1, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Utica Observer

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 1899
  • Creator(s): Earle, Mary Tracey
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Book Buyer

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: March 30, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Waterbury American

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: September 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Independent

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: May 20, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Church Standard

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: July 9, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: St. Louis Democrat

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: September 10, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Sunday Times-Union and Citizen

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 15, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Index

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 10, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cincinnati Times-Star

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 2, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Courier

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 23, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Nashville American

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: Apr. 30, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anon.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Springfield Sunday Republican

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 15, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Outlook

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: May, 1929
  • Creator(s): J. B. H.Hubbell, Jay B.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: American Literature

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 1, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Saturday Evening Gazette

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: May 25, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Christian Advocate

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 27, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Interior

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 21, 1899
  • Creator(s): M. L. D.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: City and State

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Bookman

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 24, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Literary World

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 20, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Gazette

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Book Buyer

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 24, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Indianapolis Journal

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 7, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Zion's Herald

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 1, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cambridge Tribune

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 1, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Nation

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 10, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Evening Express

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: May 11, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Christian Register

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 15, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Public Opinion

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: July 1, 1899
  • Creator(s): MacArthur, James
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Outlook

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: May 7, 1899
  • Creator(s): Sanborn, Annie W.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Daily Pioneer Press

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: July 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Critic

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 9, 1899
  • Creator(s): Knight, Lucien L.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Constitution

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: November 25, 1899
  • Creator(s): Bruce, John Edward
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Colored American

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 15, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Country Gentleman

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 30, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: San Francisco Chronicle

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 16, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Los Angeles Herald

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 10, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Daily Inter Ocean

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 10, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Portland Daily Advertiser

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: May 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Southern Workman

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 3, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Nebraska State Journal

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 29, 1899
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Philadelphia Press

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 2, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Sunday News

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 9, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Commercial Appeal

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 1929
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Crisis

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: 4 May 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Public Ledger

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 20, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The New England Magazine