Werner Sollors on Charles Chesnutt

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From: The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
Date: 20021031

The editors of JBHE asked Professor Werner Sollors of Harvard University, the editor of the new Library of America anthology of the works of Charles Chesnutt, why it took so long for Chesnutt to be accepted into the American literary canon. Here is his reply:

"Charles W. Chesnutt was a remarkable realist, a lively, ironic raconteur whose work focused on the comic and tragic web of American race relations in the second half of the nineteenth century, on the hope for progress as well as on the memory of slavery. While Chesnutt has been known as a factor in American literary history, his ...

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