"To Be An Author": Letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1889-1905.(Review)

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From: African American Review
Date: 19990322
Author:Gleason, William

Charles W. Chesnutt. Ed. Joseph R. McElrath Jr., and Robert C. Leitz, III. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1997, 248 pp. $24.95.

Reviewed by

William Gleason Princeton University

This copiously annotated edition of Charles Chesnutt's letters is the most significant Chesnutt resource to emerge since the publication of his journals by Duke University Press in 1993. It is also more than that: "To Be an Author"offers a fascinating case study of the racial dynamics of American authorship at the turn of the century, a story whose parameters we are only beginning to sketch. ...

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