Charles Waddell Chesnutt

Charles Chesnutt (1858-1932) was an African American author, lawyer, and political activist. Born in Cleveland to a family of "free persons of color" from North Carolina, Chesnutt spent his youth in Ohio before returning to the South after the Civil War. As a teenager, he worked as a teacher at a local school for Black students and eventually became principal at a college established in Fayetteville for the purpose of training Black teachers. Chesnutt married Susan Perry-with whom he had four daughters-in 1878 and moved to New York City for a short time before settling in Cleveland, where he studied law and passed the bar exam in 1887. His story "The Goophered Grapevine," published the same year, was the first story by an African American to appear in The Atlantic. Back in Ohio, Chesnutt started the court stenography business that would earn him the financial stability to pursue a career as a writer. He wrote several collections of short stories, including The Conjure Woman (1899) and The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color-Line (1899), both of which explore themes of race in America and African American identity as well as employ African American Vernacular English. Chesnutt was also an active member of the NAACP throughout his life, writing for its magazine The Crisis, serving on its General Committee, and working with such figures as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

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The Conjure Woman ist eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten des afroamerikanischen Romanautors, Essayisten und Aktivisten Charles W. Chesnutt . The Conjure Woman wurde erstmals 1899 veröffentlicht und gilt als wegweisendes Werk der afroamerikanischen Literatur . Eine Verfilmung, The Conjure Woman (Film) wurde von Oscar Micheaux gemacht . Chesnutt schrieb 1887 die erste Geschichte der Sammlung, "The Goophered Grapevine", und veröffentlichte sie in The Atlantic Monthly . Später in diesem Jahr reiste Chesnutt nach Boston und traf sich mit Walter Hines Page , einem Redakteur bei der Houghton Mifflin Company . [1] Page bat Chesnutt, einige seiner Schriften weiterzuleiten, was der Beginn einer mehrjährigen Korrespondenz zwischen den beiden war.

Chesnutt schrieb zwischen 1887 und 1889 drei weitere der Geschichten, die er "Conjure Tales" nannte, von denen zwei schließlich in The Conjure Woman erscheinen würden. [1] Die Geschichten waren "Po' Sandy", die 1888 in The Atlantic Monthly veröffentlicht wurden, und "The Conjurer's Revenge", die im Juni 1889 in Overland Monthly veröffentlicht wurden. [2] Im März 1898 schrieb Page an Chesnutt, um ihn darüber zu informieren, dass Houghton Mifflin wür

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