The Journals of Charles W. Chesnutt
Born on the eve of the Civil War, Charles W. Chesnutt grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a county seat of four or five thousand people, a once-bustling commercial center slipping into postwar decline. Poor, black, and determined to outstrip his modest beginnings and forlorn surroundings, Chesnutt kept a detailed record of his thoughts, observations, and activities from his sixteenth through his twenty-fourth year (1874-1882). These journals, printed here for the first time, are remarkable for their intimate account of a gifted young black man's dawning sense of himself as a writer in the nineteenth century.
Though he achieved literary success in his time, Chesnutt has only recently been rediscovered and his contribution to American literature given its due. The only known private diary from a nineteenth-century African American author, these pages offer a fascinating glimpse into Chesnutt's everyday experience as he struggled to win the goods of education in the world of the post-Civil War South. An extraordinary portrait of the self-made man beset by the urgencies and difficulties of self-improvement in a racially discriminatory society, Chesnutt's journals unfold a richly detailed local history of postwar North Carolina. They also show with great force how the world of the postwar South obstructed--and, unexpectedly, assisted--a black man of driving intellectual ambitions.
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We find one testimony to this urge in Chesnutt's contemporary Booker T. Washington's memory of his “ intense longing to learn to read , ” the longing that drove him to “ walk several miles at night ” after a long day of labor “ in order ...
Schools of Washington . In the course of my visit I met several old acquaintances , Monroe , Barber , Stuart , Miner , and F. T. Hyman who is also an employee in the P.O.D. The last Wednesday I was in Washington I visited the Pub .
[ Added in the upper margin :) I saw the famous “ Pinafore " 51 played in Washington . It is an amusing thing , but what freak of fashion gave it such an unexampled popularity ? The unfavorable Ideas which I conceived were more against ...
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Chesnutt's journals (1871-82) give the reader a vivid view of what an educated black man endured in a racially discriminatory society. The journals reveal an iron will intent on self-improvement ... Прочитајте целу рецензију