The Marrow of Tradition (Norton Critical Editions 0)

The Marrow of Tradition (Norton Critical Editions 0)

By: Charles W. Chesnutt (author), Werner Sollors (editor)Paperback

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Inspired by the 1898 Wilmington Riot and the eyewitness accounts of Charles W. Chesnutt's own family, Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition captures the astonishing moment in American history when a violent coup d'etat resulted in the subversion of a free and democratic election. The Norton Critical Edition text is based on the 1901 first edition. It is accompanied by a note on the text, Werner Sollors's insightful introduction, explanatory annotations, and twenty-four photographs and illustrations. "Contexts" connects the novel to the historical events in Wilmington and includes a wealth of newspaper articles, editorials, and biographical sketches of the central players. The account of riot instigator Alfred Moore Waddell, published just weeks after the event, is reprinted, along with three rarely seen letters: W. E. B. Du Bois's and Booker T. Washington's comments on the novel and Walter Hines Page's letter to Chesnutt. Rounding out the historical record is a selection of 1890s sheet music, a poem, and newspaper articles on the Cakewalk, a popular dance of the period with roots in slavery. "Criticism" begins with twelve contemporary reviews, including those by Hamilton Wright Mabie, Katherine Glover, William Dean Howells, and Sterling A. Brown. Fifteen recent assessments focus on the novel's characters, history, realism, and violence. As scholarship on The Marrow of Tradition and on Wilmington in 1898 has been especially active since the 1990s, ten assessments are from this period. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

About Author

Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and African American Studies at Harvard University. He previously taught at Columbia University, the Free University of Berlin, and the Universita degli Studi di Venezia. He is the author of Ethnic Modernism, Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature, Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Culture, and Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones: The Quest for a "Populist Modernism." His edited works include A New Literary History of America (with Greil Marcus), African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges (with Glenda R. Carpio), The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature: A Reader of Original Texts with English Translations (with Marc Shell), Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of America, The Return of Thematic Criticism, Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader, The Invention of Ethnicity, and the Norton Critical edition of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself.


Introduction by Werner Sollors Charles W. Chesnutt's Own View of His New Story, The Marrow of Tradition (1901) Acknowledgments The Text of The Marrow of Tradition Contexts FAMILY BACKGROUND Frances Richardson Keller o [Chesnutt's Parents] SELECTED LETTERS To Walter Hines Page, Nov. 11, 1898 To Walter Hines Page, Mar. 22, 1899 To Booker T. Washington, Oct. 8, 1901 To Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Oct. 26, 1901 From Booker T. Washington, Oct. 28, 1901 To Booker T. Washington, Nov. 16, 1901 To Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Dec. 30, 1901 To William Monroe Trotter [Jan. 1902] From W. E. B. Du Bois to Houghton Mifflin, Mar. 8, 1902 To Mrs. W. B. Henderson, Nov. 11, 1905 LITERARY MEMORANDA Charles W. Chesnutt o [Plot Notes] Sample Pages from Chesnutt's Hand-Corrected Proof Sheets of The Marrow of Tradition ESSAYS From The Courts and the Negro From What Is a White Man? The White and the Black The Disfranchisement of the Negro THE 1898 WILMINGTON RIOT Rebecca Latimer Felton, Alexander L. Manly, and the Daily Record Editorial John E. Talmadge o [Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Felton] Rebecca Latimer Felton o Mrs. Felton Speaks Biographical Sketch of Alex Manly Alex Manly o Editorial From Cause of Carolina Riots The North Carolina Race Conflict From Takes Mrs. Felton to Task for Speech Mrs. W. H. Felton's Reply to Dr. Hawthorne's Attack Nov. 10, 1898: A Day of Blood North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources o Wilmington Race Riot Draft Report 1898 Wilmington Riot Commission o Findings Hell Jolted Loose White Declaration of Independence Negro Rule Ended, Washington Post (Nov. 11, 1898) The Riot at Wilmington, Washington Post (Nov. 22, 1898) A Forgotten Issue, Boston Globe (Nov. 20, 1898) Is It Negro Rule? Independent (Nov. 24, 1898) The South and Negro Suffrage, New-York Tribune (Nov. 25, 1898) Portrait of Alfred Moore Waddell Alfred Moore Waddell o The Story of the Wilmington, N.C., Race Riot, Collier's Weekly (Nov. 26, 1898) Black Side of the Race Issue, Washington Post (Dec. 4, 1898) The Wilmington Riot, Cleveland Gazette (Dec. 10, 1898) Letter by a Negro Woman to President William McKinley (Nov. 13, 1898) African Americans Killed or Wounded Men Banished from Wilmington during and after the November 10 Violence The Wilmington Riot, Chesnutt's Relatives, and African American Fiction Sylvia Lyons Render o [Violence] Richard Yarborough o Violence, Manhood, and Black Heroism THE CAKEWALK Sheet Music from the 1890s Dusky Dinah: Cake-Walk and Patrol Sambo at the Cake Walk Remus Takes the Cake Way Down South: Characteristic March, Cake-Walk and Two-Step Cakewalk in the Contemporary Press A Negro Festival, New-York Tribune (July 20, 1870) A Cake Walk, San Francisco Chronicle (Oct. 6, 1873) H. S. Keller o The Cake Walk," Puck (Sept. 7, 1887) They Walked for a Cake and Glory, Chicago Daily Tribune (Feb. 18, 1892) The Cake Walk, New York Times (Feb. 18, 1892) Took the Cake, Boston Globe (Aug. 23, 1892) CRITICISM SELECTED CONTEMPORARY REVIEWS AND EARLY ASSESSMENTS The Race Question in Fiction, The Sunday Herald [Boston] (Oct. 27, 1901) Hamilton Wright Mabie o The New Books, The Outlook (Nov. 16, 1901) Our Holiday Book Table, Zion's Herald (Dec. 4, 1901) Mr. Chesnutt's Marrow of Tradition, New York Times (Dec. 7, 1901) A New Uncle Tom's Cabin, St. Paul Dispatch (Dec. 14, 1901) Katherine Glover o News in the World of Books, Atlanta Journal (Dec. 14, 1901) Charles Alexander o Our Journalist and Literary Folks, The Freeman [Indianapolis] (Dec. 28, 1901) Mr. Chesnutt and the Negro Problem, Newark Sunday News. (Dec. 29, 1901) A. E. H. o Fiction, The Chautauquan (Dec. 1901) William Dean Howells o From A Psychological Counter-Current in Recent Fiction, North American Review (Dec. 1901) T. Thomas Fortune o Note and Comment, The New York Age (July 20, 1905) Sterling A. Brown, Arthur P. Davis, and Ulysses Lee o [Racial Conflict in Fiction] RECEPTION Sylvia Lyons Render o From Charles W. Chesnutt William L. Andrews o From The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt CHARACTERS John Edgar Wideman o Charles W. Chesnutt: The Marrow of Tradition P. Jay Delmar o Character and Structure in The Marrow of Tradition Ernestine Williams Pickens o White Supremacy and Southern Reform Samina Najmi o From Janet, Polly, and Olivia: Constructs of Blackness and White Femininity in The Marrow of Tradition JUNGIAN AND FOUCAULDIAN APPROACHES Marjorie George and Richard S. Pressman o From Confronting the Shadow: Psycho-Political Repression in The Marrow of Tradition Ryan Jay Friedman o From "Between Absorption and Extinction": Charles Chesnutt and Biopolitical Racism PLESSY V. FERGUSON AND THE MARROW OF TRADITION U.S. Supreme Court o Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U. S. 537 (1896) Brook Thomas o The Legal Argument of Charles W. Chesnutt's Novels THE MARROW OF TRADITION AND HISTORY Joyce Pettis o The Literary Imagination and the Historic Event: Chesnutt's Use of History in The Marrow of Tradition Jae H. Roe o From Keeping an "Old Wound" Alive: The Marrow of Tradition and the Legacy of Wilmington Eric Sundquist o From Charles Chesnutt's Cakewalk REALISM, TRAGIC MULATTO, VIOLENCE Ryan Simmons o From Simple and Complex Discourse in The Marrow of Tradition Stephen P. Knadler o From Untragic Mulatto: Charles Chesnutt and the Discourse of Whiteness Bryan Wagner o Charles Chesnutt and the Epistemology of Racial Violence Charles W. Chesnutt: A Chronology Selected Bibliography

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 576
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  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 0393934144

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