Charles W. Chesnutt Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Short Story Criticism)


Render, Sylvia Lyons. Charles W. Chesnutt. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1980, 186 p.

Biographical study containing a chronology of Chesnutt's life and a selected bibliography.


Andrews, William L. The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1980, 292 p.

Book-length critical study part of the Southern Literary Studies series.

———. “Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932).” In Fifty Southern Writers Before 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, edited by Robert Bain and Joseph M. Flora, pp. 107-17. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.

Overview of Chesnutt's life, significant themes in the author's writings, and critical response.

Duncan, Charles. The Absent Man : The Narrative Craft of Charles W. Chesnutt.Athens: Ohio University Press, 1998, 214 p.

Explores Chesnutt's narrative devices, literary reputation, and attitude toward society and identity.

McWilliams, Dean. Charles W. Chesnutt and the Fictions of Race. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2002, 272 p.

Analyzes Chesnutt's short fiction, novels, and nonfiction, in terms of recent literary theory, and considers Chesnutt to be a “twentieth-century writer.”

Pickens, Ernestine-Williams. Charles W. Chesnutt and the Progressive Movement.New York: Pace University Press, 1994, 138 p.

Discusses Chesnutt's contribution to the reform effort of early twentieth-century America.

Skaggs, Merrill Maguire. The Folk of Southern Fiction, pp. 36-140. Athens, Ga.: The University of Georgia Press, 1972.

Finds in Chesnutt's writing characters who fit into the “plain folk” literary tradition.

Additional coverage of Chesnutt's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: African American Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Black Literature Criticism, Ed. 1; Black Writers, Eds. 1, 3; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 106, 125; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 76; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 12, 50, 78; DISCovering Authors Modules: Multicultural Authors; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2; Short Stories for Students, Vol. 11; and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vols. 5, 39.