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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

American Biographies for Busy Men

  • Date: December 17, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Los Angeles Times

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: December 19, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Hartford Daily Times

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: December 19, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Washington Times

The Late Frederick Douglass

  • Date: December 22, 1899
  • Creator(s): Dall, Caroline Healy
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Springfield Daily Republican

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: December 23, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Churchman

The Wife of His Youth.

  • Date: December 23, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cambridge Tribune

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: Dec. 24, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Springfield Sunday Republican

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: December 24, 1899
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland Leader

Two Americans

  • Date: December 24, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Providence Sunday Journal

Another Beacon Biography

  • Date: December 25, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Chicago Chronicle

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: December 30, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Gazette

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: December 30, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Living Age

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: December 30, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Outlook

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The American Monthly Review of Reviews

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: January 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Southern Farm Magazine

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: January, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Book News

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: January 1, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Topeka State Journal

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: January 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Literary Era

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: January 2, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Chicago Chronicle

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January 4, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: City and State

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January 6, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Chicago Record

A New Author of Good Stories of Southern Negro Life

  • Date: January 7, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: San Francisco Chronicle

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January 13, 1900
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: New York Times Book Review

The Wife of His Youth

  • Date: January 15, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Indianapolis Journal

An Unfortunate Heroine

  • Date: January 15, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: New York Times Book Review

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January 18, 1900
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Book News

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: January 21, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Boston Courier

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January 24, 1900
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: San Francisco Chronicle

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January 27, 1900
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Statesman

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: January 27, 1900
  • Creator(s): Neidig, William J.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Wave

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January 27, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Colored American

Fiction and Fact

  • Date: January 28, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Wilmington Messenger

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: January 29, 1900
  • Creator(s): Langhorne, Orra
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Southern Workman

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 1900
  • Creator(s): A. M. B.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Southern Workman

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: February 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Book Reviews

Biography in miniature

  • Date: February 1, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Dial

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: February 1, 1900
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Life

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 2,1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland World

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 3, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Indianapolis News

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: February 3, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Standard Union

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 3, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Brooklyn Daily Times

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 3, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Philadelphia Press

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: February 3, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Churchman

[Publication notice of Chesnutt Review in The Critic]

  • Date: February 11, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 18, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 22, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Advance

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 22, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Interior

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: February 24, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Church Standard

Two New Novelists

  • Date: February 24, 1900
  • Creator(s): Mabie, Hamilton Wright
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Outlook

Two New Novelists

  • Date: February 24, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Outlook