The Resource To be an author : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905, edited by Joseph R. McElrath, Jr. and Robert C. Leitz III

To be an author : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905, edited by Joseph R. McElrath, Jr. and Robert C. Leitz III

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To be an author : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905
Title
To be an author
Title remainder
letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905
Statement of responsibility
edited by Joseph R. McElrath, Jr. and Robert C. Leitz III
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Long eclipsed by the writers who later rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance, Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) has received a steadily increasing amount of attention since the 1960s. In what he termed the "Post-Bellum-Pre-Harlem" phase of African-American cultural history, this pioneer in the world of black letters vied with Paul Laurence Dunbar for the honor of being the first to "evince innate distinction in literature." The major establishment critic of his day, William Dean Howells, recognized Dunbar's poetry thus in 1896. But it was Chesnutt who won Howells's praise for prose fiction a few years later when The Conjure Woman (1899) and The Wife of His Youth (1899) appeared
  • His other books, Frederick Douglass (1899), The House Behind the Cedars (1900), The Marrow of Tradition (1901), and The Colonel's Dream (1905), have since secured his permanent place in the history of American belles lettres
  • Selected for inclusion in this first edition of Chesnutt's letters are those that best document the vibrant personality of a very successful Cleveland businessman who gave his free hours to the literary avocation that he had hoped would someday become his full-time career. Motivated as well by a desire to continue the noble work that the Abolitionists and Reconstruction Era reformers had begun, Chesnutt pursued the goal that he had announced in his journal years earlier in Fayetteville, N.C., before he emigrated to the North in 1883: he would not only demonstrate what African Americans were capable of intellectually but would, through his art, "elevate the whites" above ignoble prejudice against those of his racial background. By 1905 he had both succeeded and failed
  • To his mind he had reached the goal of transcending the earlier achievements of reform-novelists Harriet Beecher Stowe and Albion W. Tourgee. But such fame as Booker T. Washington's at the turn of the century eluded him. By late 1905, it was clear that his 1880s' dream of professional authorship was not to be realized in full. Chronicled here is the rise and fall of Charles W. Chesnutt as a man of letters
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1858-1932
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Chesnutt, Charles W.
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1292.C6
LC item number
Z48 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • McElrath, Joseph R
  • Leitz, Robert C.
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  • Chesnutt, Charles W.
  • Chesnutt, Charles Waddell
  • Chesnutt, Charles W.
  • Chesnutt, Charles Waddell
  • Chesnutt, Charles Waddell
  • Novelists, American
  • Novelists, American
  • African American novelists
  • African Americans
  • African American novelists
  • African Americans
  • Novelists, American
  • Littérature américaine
  • Écrivains noirs américains
  • Écrivains noirs américains
  • Briefsammlung
Label
To be an author : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905, edited by Joseph R. McElrath, Jr. and Robert C. Leitz III
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cable's Protege in 1889-1891: An "Insider" Views the Negro Question
  • A Dream Deferred, 1891-1896: The Businessman Prevails
  • Page's Protege in 1897-1899: The Reemergence of the Artist and Prophet
  • The Professional Novelist of 1899-1902: Pursuit of the Dream
  • Discontent in 1903-1904: A Turn to Argumentative Prose
  • The Quest Renewed, 1904-1905: Argumentative Art for an Indifferent Readership
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 248 pages
Isbn
9780691036687
Isbn Type
(cl : acid-free paper)
Lccn
96032656
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35084581
  • (OCoLC)ocm35084581
Label
To be an author : letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905, edited by Joseph R. McElrath, Jr. and Robert C. Leitz III
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cable's Protege in 1889-1891: An "Insider" Views the Negro Question
  • A Dream Deferred, 1891-1896: The Businessman Prevails
  • Page's Protege in 1897-1899: The Reemergence of the Artist and Prophet
  • The Professional Novelist of 1899-1902: Pursuit of the Dream
  • Discontent in 1903-1904: A Turn to Argumentative Prose
  • The Quest Renewed, 1904-1905: Argumentative Art for an Indifferent Readership
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 248 pages
Isbn
9780691036687
Isbn Type
(cl : acid-free paper)
Lccn
96032656
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35084581
  • (OCoLC)ocm35084581

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