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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Τ Ε Χ Τ Charles Chesnutt kept a journal off and on between 1874 and his departure from the South in 1883. This journal , now in the Special Collections of the Fisk University Library in Nashville , Tennessee , consists of three volumes ...
FIRST JOURNAL , 1 8 7 4 - 1 8 7 5 Charlotte , Journal and Note - book 1874 . July 1. While Mr. Harris ' was packing up to - day for his Northern trip , I came upon his journal , one which he kept several years ago , and obtaining his ...
THIRD JOURNAL , 1 8 8 1-1 8 8 2 Jan 3d 1881. As it is customary to make new plans , and form good resolutions for the year at its beginning , I have resolved , among other things , to resume my journal .
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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