The fiercely partisan tone of the novel convinced many reviewers that the book was an unreliable or even anti-white account of contemporary southern affairs.
The book's failure to sell widely forced Chesnutt to give up his two-year-long effort to support his family on the emoluments of professional authorship.
In 1883, Chesnutt moved to New York City, where he worked for several newspapers as a reporter.
After just a few months in New York, he moved back to Cleveland, where he worked in the accounting office of the Nickel Plate Railroad Company.
By 1873, Chesnutt was teaching school in rural communities in North Carolina.
In 1877, he became the assistant principal of the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville.This institution trained African Americans to be schoolteachers.In 1880, Chesnutt became the institution's principal.At the age of fifteen, Chesnutt went to Charlotte, where he became assistant to the principal of a school.His formal education curtailed, he embarked on a program of private instruction and extensive reading in ancient and modern languages, mathematics, music, and English literature.His second collection of short fiction, (1899), ranged over subjects and themes no previous literary delineator of black American life had attempted to portray. If you would like a reply by email, please note thats some email servers are blocked from accepting messages from outside email servers or domains.The note of protest against racial discrimination was present in several of the stories, but Howells was impressed with the artist's control over his materials and tone throughout the volume. These often include student email addresses from public school email accounts.The book was popular enough to convince Houghton, Mifflin to publish Chesnutt's first novel, , in 1900. Library Archives and Special Collections, Fayetteville State Unviersity, The University of North Carolina. If you prefer not to leave an email address, check back at your NCpedia comment for a reply.A story of the attempts of two young Afro-Americans to pass for white in the postwar South, the novel was Chesnutt's most carefully wrought and evenly balanced long story. Please allow one business day for replies from NCpedia. During the 1890s, Chesnutt was praised by a number of famous writers and critics, among them George W. https://archive.org/details/conjurewoman00ches (accessed December 30, 2013). "Charles Waddell Chesnutt, 25 years old." Photograph. Sp Coll f 813.49 C42z23 Chesnutt_family_photos-03, in Photographs of Charles W.Cable, James Lane Allen, and William Dean Howells, for his achievements as a short story writer. Chesnutt and his family, Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery. PLEASE NOTE: NCpedia will not publish personal contact information in comments, questions, or responses.