Conjure Tales and Stories of the Color Line

Conjure Tales and Stories of the Color Line


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Unlike the popular "Uncle Remus" stories of Joel Chandler Harris, Charles W. Chesnutt's tales probe psychological depths in black people unheard of before in Southern regional writing. They also expose the anguish of mixed-race men and women and the consequences of racial hatred, mob violence, and moral compromise. This important collection contains all the stories in his two published volumes, The Conjure Woman and The Wife of His Youth, along with two uncollected works: the tragic "Dave's Neckliss" and "Baxter's Procustes", Chesnutt's parting shot at prejudice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141185026
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 742,187
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of To Tell a Free Story and editor or coeditor of more than thirty books on African American literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction by William L. Andrews
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

The Goophered Grapevine
Po' Sandy
Mars Jeems's Nightmare
The Conjurer's Revenge
Sis' Becky's Pickaninny
The Gray Wolf's Ha'nt
Hot-Foot Hannibal
Dave's Neckliss
The Wife of His Youth
Her Virginia Mammy
The Sheriff's Children
A Matter of Principle
Cicely's Dream
The Passing of Grandison
Uncle Wellington's Wives
The Bouquet
The Web of Circumstance
Baxter's Procrustes

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