Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1899.
First edition. [iv], 229,  pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's pictorial brown cloth. A fine copy Wright III 1017; Blockson 101, no. 49; Saifar, p. 14; Weinstein, Against the Tide, no. 181. Item #315221
The author's first book, which consists of seven folk tales told African-American dialect. "A protégé of William Dean Howells, Chesnutt was one of the best of the early black writers of fiction.… He was one of the first Afro-American writers to use black folklore significantly in his fiction" (Blockson). Chesnutt wrote of this book in The Colophon that it "was not, strictly speaking, a novel though it has been called, but a collection of Negro dialect, put in the words of an old Negro gardner and related by him in each instance to the same audience, which consisted of the Northern lady and gentleman who employed him. They are naive and simple stories dealing with alleged incidents of chattel slavery as the old had known it and as I heard of it, and centering around the professional activities of old Aunt Peggy, the plantation conjure woman and others of that ilk" (as quoted in Blockson). A pristine copy.
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