The House Behind the Cedars

By: Charles W. Chesnutt
Published By: Double9 Books
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In "The House Behind the Cedars" by Charles W. Chesnutt, readers are immersed in a compelling narrative set against the backdrop of the Reconstruction era in the American South. Chesnutt, a pioneering figure in African American literature, delves deep into themes of racial identity, prejudice, and segregation. The novel follows the lives of siblings Rena and John Walden, who navigate the complexities of racial passing and the societal constraints of Southern society. As they grapple with their own identities and confront the prejudices of the era, their family dynamics are tested, revealing the intricate layers of social hierarchy and cultural heritage at play. Against the backdrop of interracial relationships and the tragic mulatto trope, Chesnutt explores the profound impact of the Civil Rights era on individuals and communities. Through his poignant portrayal of characters facing an identity crisis, Chesnutt sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of African Americans striving for equality and acceptance in a divided society. "The House Behind the Cedars" stands as a timeless masterpiece of African American literature, offering a poignant reflection on the complexities of race, identity, and societal change in the American South.

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Charles W. Chesnutt

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (June 20, 1858 – November 15, 1932) was an American novelist, essayist, political activist, and lawyer notable for his novels and short stories that explored complicated questions of race and cultural identity in the post-Civil War Southern. Oscar Micheaux, an African-American the filmmaker and producer, changed two of his works into silent movies in 1926 and 1927. Following the Civil Rights Movement of the twentieth century, interest in Chesnutt's works was reignited. Several of his writings were reprinted, and he got formal acknowledgment. In 2008, a commemorative stamp was issued. Chesnutt created a highly successful court reporting firm in Cleveland in the early twentieth century, which supplied his primary source of income. He became involved in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where he wrote articles in support of education and legal challenges to discriminatory laws. Andrew Chesnutt and Ann Maria (née Sampson) Chesnutt, both "free persons of color" from Fayetteville, North Carolina, gave birth to Chesnutt in Cleveland, Ohio. His paternal grandpa had been identified as a white slaveholder. He identified as African American but stated that he was 7/8 white. Chesnutt might "pass" as a white man because of his majority-European background, but he never did.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2024
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 178pages
  • ISBN-10: 9362761106
  • ISBN-13: 9789362761101
  • Item Weight: 231.4g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 10.1mm
  • Reading age: 10+
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / General