Robert Bone (essay date 1975)
SOURCE: Bone, Robert. Down Home: A History of Afro-American Short Fiction from Its Beginnings to the End of the Harlem Renaissance, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1975, 328 p.
[In the following excerpt, Bone examines regional literature written by African American authors in the American South particularly the fiction of Joel Chandler Harris and Charles W. Chesnutt.]
THE LOCAL-COLOR SCHOOL
When Chesnutt and Dunbar turned to story-writing in the 1880's and 1890's, they were not working in a cultural vacuum. The magazines in which they hoped to publish were most receptive to a type of fiction which stressed regional diversity. This emphasis on...
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