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Charles Waddell Chesnutt (June 20, 1858 – November 15, 1932) was an African-American author, essayist, political activist and lawyer, best known for his novels and short stories exploring complex issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil.

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (June 20, 1858 – November 15, 1932) was an African-American author, essayist, political activist and lawyer, best known for his novels and short stories exploring complex issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil War South. Two of his books were adapted as silent films in 1926 and 1927 by the African-American director and producer Oscar Micheaux. Following the Civil Rights Movement during the 20th century, interest in the works of Chesnutt was revived

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LibriVox recording of The Conjure Woman, by Charles Waddell Chesnutt. Published in 1899 by Houghton Mifflin, Chesnutt's first book, The Conjure Woman, was a collection of seven short stories, all set in "Patesville" (Fayetteville), North Carolina. While drawing from local color traditions and relying on dialect, Chesnutt's tales of conjuring, a form of magic rooted in African hoodoo, refused to romanticize slave life or the "Old South.

Charles W. Chesnutt The Conjure Woman. The goophered grapevine. Some years ago my wife was in poor health, and our family doctor, in whose skill and honesty I had implicit confidence, advised a change of climate.

An African American born in Ohio, Charles Waddell Chesnutt grew up in North Carolina. At age 25, he returned to Cleveland to raise his family and practice legal stenography.

The Conjure Woman Текст. Автор:Charles Waddell Chesnutt. Другие книги автора: The House Behind the Cedars. The Wife of his Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line, and Selected Essays. Читать книгу на смартфоне или планшете.

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The stories in The Conjure Woman were Charles W. Chesnutt's first great literary success, and since their initial publication in 1899 they have come to be seen as some of the most remarkable works of African American literature from the Emancipation through the Harlem Renaissance.

The Conjure Woman is the title of an 1899 collection of seven stories by Charles W. Chesnutt, an important African American writer from the post-Civil War South; it was his first book.

Author Chesnutt Charles Waddell. Categories: Fiction Historical Fiction, Nonfiction. Tuskegee was to become his area of operations and he literally helped build it from the ground up. As a young man, he invented the surname Washington when all the other school children were giving their full names. His "Atlanta Exposition" speech of 1895 appealed to middle class whites across the South, asking them to give blacks a chance to work.

Large Format for easy reading. Now recognized as one of the great African American masterpieces, set in the pre-war plantations of the South, it is a scathing attack on the institution of slavery.

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Inth
The Conjure Woman, a collection of short stories by Charles W. Chesnutt, was originally published in 1899. In the opening story, the narrator explains that due to his wife’s poor health, a doctor advises him to move her to a warmer climate. So they pack up, leave Ohio, and move down to central North Carolina. The narrator, named John, has an interest in “grape-culture,” so he buys an old vineyard which he hopes to restore to prosperity. This takes place “a sufficient time” after the Civil War, yet memories of slavery and the old plantation system still linger. Soon after arriving, John and his wife meet an old black man named Julius who in former times was a slave to the vineyard’s previous owner. They hire him on as a farm hand and handyman. Whenever opportunity presents itself, old Julius regales his employers with superstitious folk tales of the old pre-war days.

The seven stories all roughly follow the same format. The couple gets a visit from Julius on their porch, or he takes them for a drive in the wagon. For whatever reason the task or errand at hand is delayed, giving Julius the opportunity to tell one of his imaginative tales. All the stories feature a conjurer—usually a woman named Aunt Peggy, but sometimes another woman or man. For the price of some corn or a chicken these conjurers will mix up their roots and perform their magic. Often this involves transforming people into animals, or putting a “goopher”—or hex—on someone. At story’s end, it’s always revealed that Julius has an ulterior motive for his narrative—he doesn’t want his boss to buy a particular piece of land or go down a certain road. The narrator is a diehard skeptic who doesn’t believe a word of Julius’s fantastical stories, but usually his wife is emotionally affected by the tales. Her husband acquiesces to her wishes, and Julius gets his way. The book’s main weakness is that it never varies from this template. Julius’s stories are always entertaining and often laugh-out-loud funny, but the scenes that bookend them get a little tiresome.

The stories are written in a heavy black Southern dialect, like what you might find in passages of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. The “n-word” is ubiquitous. Chesnutt was a mixed race author, and I think it’s implied that the narrator and his wife have African ancestry as well. There’s no racism in Chesnutt’s telling of these tales, but there is a hint of classist condescension. John and his wife are like that couple on the old TV series Green Acres who move to the country and find themselves surrounded by bumpkins. Because these tales delve into the realm of fantasy, they don’t provide the realistic portrait of Southern life that one finds in Chesnutt’s naturalistic novel The House Behind the Cedars. The Conjure Woman does, however, provide some insight into life under slavery. Not all of the masters are depicted as cruel and heartless, yet almost every story involves the separation of slave families when husbands, wives, or children are sold or transferred to another plantation. The conjurers and their witchcraft offer the only hope of circumventing the harsh reality of slave life. They represent the hope of freedom amidst a life of bondage.

The original edition of The Conjure Woman contained seven stories. Later editions, like the one available for free at Amazon or Project Gutenberg, entitled The Conjure Woman, and Other Stories, contain three additional “uncollected Uncle Julius stories” and a short essay by Chesnutt called “Superstitions and Folk-Lore of the American South.”
Gaeuney
Chestnutt was a pioneer of African American fiction, and as such, his fiction has been under many critical eyes. I myself found the vernacular difficult, but of course, that's part of the point. Chestnutt wanted not only to tell his stories, but to do so successfully and in a way that would appeal to the largest reading audiences, which were, at the time, white people. Under pressure from his white publisher, many of his stories were edited to be less inflammatory to white readers. However, you can still find double meaning in much of Chestnutt's prose, especially when we focus on the perceptions of the white "protagonist" who parades as Chestnutt's main character while ultimately providing but a mere rhetorical frame for Chestnutt's real focus: Uncle Julius. While I tend to prefer mid-to-late 20th and 21st Century narratives (which is why I rate the book four stars), Chestnutt and his influence on African American storytelling cannot be understated.
Zehaffy
The Conjure Woman and Other Tales is a collection of short stories tied together under the umbrella of a frame story in which a white northern couple has relocated to the South and has met a man on their property who they hire on as caretaker. The poor black southerner regales them with tales which they find entertaining but are actually pointing a finger directly at them. The book was first published in the late 1800's and the dialect is that of a poor southern black man and the stories themselves offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the people and the times in which they lived.

The tales presented in The Conjure Woman are entertaining and humorous on their own but the real value of this work is how the protagonist uses his tales in order to point out the flaws in the views and attitudes of the white couple and goad or guilt them into getting things done on the farm in the way that he wants them sometimes for his own benefit but usually for the benefit of everyone involved. I really did enjoy this book as both the individual stories and the ongoing tale as a whole teach the reader a lot about the views of society during that era whilst maintaining a lighter air so that the reader doesn't feel as if they are being scolded or sitting in a lecture.
Survivors
The story generally switches between the main narrator and the black "uncle figure" switching to the narrator to tell stories from the past plantation days. While written by a black man, there are traces of negative black stereotypes.
Sironynyr
So interesting to read some of the varieties of the live of slaves. So many had sad lives filled with hard work, the anger of their masters. Others were able to adapt or had good masters. But all lacked their freedom and all had amazing stories to tell. This book shared several of these tales in such an intriguing way, that I totally enjoyed this book.
Gldasiy
Such an excellent read! I love rack of Mr. Chestnutt's stories. A must have for any library of good American literature
Mall
Read this as part of an English class and I was glad that we did. It was interesting and offers a realistic view into the slavery culture.
I always enjoy the classics and their "new" plots.
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History & Criticism
Author: Charles Waddell Chesnutt
ISBN: 1406500410
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Dodo Press (October 3, 2005)
Pages: 140 pages