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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

"The Conjure Woman"

  • Date: April 23, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The St. Paul Globe

"The Conjure Woman"

  • Date: April 29, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The St. Paul Dispatch

"The Conjure Woman"

  • Date: June 20, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Commercial Advertiser

"The Conjure Woman"

  • Date: Apr. 15, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Beacon

"The Conjure Woman," Etc.

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

"The Conjure Woman—Truth is Stranger than Fiction"

  • Date: April 30, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The News and Observer

"The Marrow of Tradition"

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

[Mr. Charles W. Chesnutt]

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

[Obituary, Charles W. Chesnutt]

  • Date: November 26, 1932
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Publishers Weekly

[Obituary, Charles Waddell Chesnutt]

  • Date: January 1933
  • Creator(s): Du Bois, W. E. B.
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Crisis

[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 Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: November 1900
  • Creator(s): Hapgood, Hutchins
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Bookman

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: December 16, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: December 11, 1899
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Worchester Evening Gazette

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: December 9, 1899
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Buffalo Enquirer

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: March 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Cram's Magazine

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

  • Date: March 15, 1900
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Christian Endeavor World

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of Frederick Douglass]

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

[Review of The Colonel's Dream

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

[Review of The Colonel's Dream

  • Date: September 30, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Outlook

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

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

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

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

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: October 5, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Independent

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: January 13, 1906
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: THE ATHENÆUM

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: April 9, 1906
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Chicago Daily Tribune

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: September 16, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Evening Star

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: October 11, 1906
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Life

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: September 10, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Savannah Morning News

[Review of The Colonel's Dream]

  • Date: September 18, 1905
  • Creator(s): Anonymous
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland News