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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I finished grammar today , and shall continue Tuesday . I am trying for “ first Grade . ” Lewis got it . It is pleasant here of evenings . It is not good to be too religious or too modest and virtuous . Too much religion is fanaticism ...
Will she continue to do so ? I have written to her and should probably get an answer if I were at Spartanburg , and now I don't think I shall go there till next Saturday . I wish I could write to her without her mother's reading the ...
May he continue to answer the same . May he bless me with his grace [ and ] let me serve him . I want to feel like a man and a Christian , to walk the earth with a firm step , and to feel that I am honest . May God bless and protect me ...
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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