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Charles Waddell Chesnutt: Resources and Links

The African American Literature Book Club has a profile of Chesnutt.

AllLearn presents a list of links and descriptions. University experts at Yale, Stanford and the University of Oxford reviewed these sites and pronounced them the leading sites on Charles W. Chesnutt.

The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive "offers an extensive collection of works by Chesnutt, including novels, short stories, essays, reviews, and poems. In addition to electronic versions of those works by Chesnutt that are readily available in print, (the) collection includes hard-to-find stories, reviews, essays, and poems, (including one transcribed from a manuscript in the Chesnutt collection at Fisk University). Many of the texts have been scanned directly from original print periodical versions. The site also includes a deep collection of reviews by others of Chesnutt's works, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

The Library of America shows the importance of Chesnutt's work as a forerunner in race issues and in using fiction to present his message against slavery. The site provides a brief biography, information on his literary career in the context of history, and commentary on Chesnutt's position as "a major fiction writer in the nineteenth century."

Notable Black American Men. Gale Research. 1998. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI.: The Gale Group. 2003. Document Number: K1622000075.

University of North Carolina has a biography of Chesnutt along with electronic editions of many of his books.

The University of Virginia has an extensive listing of works available electronically, including those of Charles Chesnutt.

Selected Books about Charles Waddell Chesnutt

Andrews, William L., The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt, Louisiana State University Press, 1980.

Chesnutt, Helen M., Charles Waddell Chesnutt: Pioneer of the Color Line. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1952.

Keller, Frances Richardson, An American Crusade: The Life of Charles Waddell Chesnutt. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1978.

Smith, Jessie Carney, ed., Notable Black American Men. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, 1998.

Smith, Valerie, et al., eds., African American Writers. New York: Scribner, 1991.

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