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Works

Here users can find the writings of Chesnutt across multiple genres: all works of fiction he published in his lifetime, including five books and dozens of short stories; a sampling of more than a dozen of his essays and speeches; a handful of Chesnutt-authored reviews; and two poems. For these works, we try whenever possible to provide both a transcription and digital images of the individual printed pages.

All Works

106 items

Frisk's First Rat

  • Date: March 20, 1875
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Educator

Uncle Peter's House

  • Date: December 9, 1885; December 10, 1885
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph

A Tight Boot

  • Date: January 28, 1886
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Daily Globe

A Bad Night

  • Date: July 22, 1886
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph

The Wives

  • Date: October 8, 1886
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Boston Daily Globe

Tom's Warm Welcome

  • Date: November 27, 1886
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Family Fiction

The Ballad of Fair Oscar

  • Date: December 18, 1886
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Tid-Bits

The Fall of Adam

  • Date: December 25, 1886
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Family Fiction

A Busy Day in a Lawyer's Office

  • Date: January 15, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Tid-Bits

How Dasdy Came Through

  • Date: February 12, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Family Fiction

Aunt Lucy's Search

  • Date: April 16, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Family Fiction

A Soulless Corporation

  • Date: April 16, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Tid-Bits

Appreciation

  • Date: April 20, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

Wine and Water

  • Date: April 23, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Family Fiction

A Grass Widow

  • Date: May 14, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Family Fiction

Stranger Taken In

  • Date: June 1, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: City and Farm Record (Topeka, KS)

A Woman and a Burglar

  • Date: June 1, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The McHenry (IL) Plaindealer

The Goophered Grapevine

  • Date: August 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Atlantic Monthly

A Secret Ally

  • Date: September 19, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Chicago Daily Inter Ocean

She Reminded Him

  • Date: September 21, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

A Midnight Adventure

  • Date: December 6, 1887
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Chicago Daily Inter Ocean

Po' Sandy

  • Date: 1888
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Atlantic Monthly

A Doubtful Success

  • Date: February 17, 1888
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Daily Inter Ocean

An Eloquent Appeal

  • Date: June 6, 1888
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

Cartwright's Mistake

  • Date: September 19, 1888
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Buffalo Morning Express and Illustrated Buffalo Express

How a Good Man Went Wrong

  • Date: November 28, 1888
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

Gratitude

  • Date: December 26, 1888
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

Her Virginia Mammy

  • Date: 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

Uncle Wellington's Wives

  • Date: 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

The Origin of the Hatchet Story

  • Date: April 24, 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

A Fatal Restriction

  • Date: May 1, 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

What is a White Man?

  • Date: May 30, 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Independent

Conjurer's Revenge

  • Date: June 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Overland Monthly

A Roman Antique

  • Date: July 17, 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

Dave's Neckliss

  • Date: October, 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Atlantic Monthly

The Sheriff's Children

  • Date: November 7, 1889
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Independent

A Cause Célèbre

  • Date: January 14, 1891
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Puck

A Multitude of Counselors

  • Date: April 2, 1891
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Independent

Resolutions Concerning Recent Southern Outrages

  • Date: June 4, 1892
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Cleveland Gazette

A Deep Sleeper

  • Date: March 11, 1893
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: Two Tales

The Shadow of My Past

  • Date: September 24, 1893
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Wife of His Youth

  • Date: July 1898
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: periodical
  • Source: The Atlantic Monthly

A Matter of Principle

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

The Conjure Woman

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

Sis' Becky's Pickaninny

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

The Gray Wolf's Ha'nt

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

The Passing of Grandison

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

The Wife of His Youth

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company

Frederick Douglass

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston, Massachusetts: Small, Maynard & Company

The Web of Circumstance

  • Date: 1899
  • Creator(s): Chesnutt, Charles W. (Charles Waddell), 1858-1932
  • Format: book
  • Source: Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company