The House Behind the Cedars

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Penguin, Apr 1, 1993 - Fiction - 224 pages
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The House Behind the Cedars, which many consider Charles Chesnutt’s finest novel, tells of John and Lena Walden, mulatto siblings who pass for white in the postbellum American South. The drama that unfolds as they travel between black and white worlds constitutes a riveting portrait of the shifting and intractable nature of race in American life. This edition revitalizes a much-neglected masterpiece by one of our most important African-American writers. As Werner Sollors writes, “William Dean Howells did not overstate his case when he compared Chesnutt’s works with those by Turgenev, Maupassant, and James . . . and [Chesnutt] has become one of the most important ‘crossover’ authors from the African-American tradition.”

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I must say, this book turned out to be quite more of an adventure than I expected it to be! It started out one way completely, and then before you knew it, our main character had completely dropped ... Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Introduction
A Stranger from South Carolina
An Evening Visit
The Old Judge
Down the River
The Tournament
The Queen of Love and Beauty
Mid New Surroundings
Under the Old Regime
God Made Us
Digging Up Roots
A Gilded Opportunity
Imperative Business
The Guest of Honor
Swing Your Partners

The Courtship
Doubts and Fears
The Dream
A Letter and a Journey
Tryon Goes to Patesville
An Injudicious Payment
A Loyal Friend
Mine Own People
The Bottom Falls
Two Letters
The Schoolhouse in the Woods
An Interesting Acquaintance XXVIII The Lost Knife
Plato Earns Half a Dollar
An Unusual Honor
In Deep Waters
The Power of Love
A Mule and a Cart

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Judith Jackson Fossett, associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, is the author of Illuminated Darkness: Slavery and Its Shadows in Nineteenth-Century America and the editor of Race Consciousness: African-American Studies for the New Century.

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