The Absent Man: The Narrative Craft of Charles W. Chesnutt.(Review)

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From: African American Review
Date: 20010922
Author:Wonham, Henry B.

Charles Duncan. The Absent Man: The Narrative Craft of Charles W. Chesnutt. Athens: Ohio UP, 1998.214 pp. $32.95.

The appearance of Charles Duncan"s The Absent Man: The Narrative Craft of Charles W. Chesnutt marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of Chesnutt studies. Indeed, the dust jacket of this handsome volume does not exaggerate when it identifies Duncan's work as "the first book-length study of the impact of Charles Chesnutt's sophisticated, innovative narrative," and if recent critical trends persist, Duncan's book will not be the last. With the arrival of this ...

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