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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 House Behind the Cedars]

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

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

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

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

"The Conjure Woman," Etc.

  • Date: April 22, 1899
  • Creator(s): Alexander, Charles
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Freeman

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

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

Conjure Woman Reviews

  • Date: April 15, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anon.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: New York Times

[Mr. Charles W. Chesnutt]

  • Date: October 29, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anon.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Current Literature

Mr. Charles W. Chestnut, Esq.

  • Date: July 15, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anon.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The [Cleveland] Gazette

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: December 16, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Chicago Journal

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

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

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: March 1, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Country Gentleman

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: January 1906
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: AME Church Review

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

In the Realm of Fiction

  • Date: December 6, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Watchman

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

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

Plantation Tales

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

Studies in 'Local Color' and Dialect

  • Date: April 2, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: New York Tribune Illustrated Supplement

A Negro's Book

  • Date: December 2, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Pittsburg Post

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

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

Dream Doesn't Come True

  • Date: September 9, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Globe and Commercial Advertiser

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

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

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

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

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: December 16, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Time and the Hour

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: October 7, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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

[Review of The Colonel's Dream

  • Date: November 21, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Evening Transcript

The Wife of His Youth

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

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

  • Date: July 21, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Courier–Journal

[Review of The Wife of His Youth]

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

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

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

[Review of The House Behind the Cedars]

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

A Bundle of New Novels

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

That Alleged 'Chamber' Report

  • Date: February 13, 1926
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Gazette

Hoodooed

  • Date: April 15, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Baltimore Sun

[Review of The Conjure Woman]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: December 10, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Illustrated Buffalo Express

[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 Reviews]

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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

[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

"The Marrow of Tradition"

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

[Review of The Marrow of Tradition]

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