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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 Conjure Woman]

  • Date: April 16, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Bulletin

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: May 18, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Congregationalist

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: May 1, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Index

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 12, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Daily Inter Ocean

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: October 1898
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Bookman

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

  • Date: June 1899
  • Creator(s): Morgan, Florence A. H.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Bookman

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars Reviews]

  • Date: December 25, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Leavenworth Times

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: March 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Phonographic Magazine

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: November 27, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Peoria Evening Star

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 12, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: New York Press

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

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

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: March 16, 1901
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Saturday Review

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Critic

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: November 18, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Providence Sunday Journal

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1900
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Literary Era

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Chicago Banker

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 29, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Friends' Intelligencer

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 4, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Holyoke Daily Transcript

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: World's Work

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 4, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Lowell Daily Courier

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1900
  • Creator(s): A. E. H.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Chautauquan

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: January 5, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Globe

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Southern Workman

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: March 7, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Advance

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Living Age

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: November 28, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Zion's Herald

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1, 1900
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Churchman

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 1, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Congregationalist

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: February 28, 1901
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Nation

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: November 25, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Worcester Spy

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 22, 1900
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Freeman

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 13, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Public Ledger

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

  • Date: December 22, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Wave

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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

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

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: August 22, 1903
  • Creator(s): Alexander, Charles
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland Journal

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

  • Date: July 20, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The New York Age