The House Behind the Cedars

The House Behind the Cedars


Introduction by: Donald B. Gibson

Format
Ebook
Price
$11.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101174425
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The House Behind the Cedars, which many consider Charles Chesnutt’s finest novel, tells of John and Lena Walden, mulatto siblings who pass for white in the postbellum American South. The drama that unfolds as they travel between black and white worlds constitutes a riveting portrait of the shifting and intractable nature of race in American life. This edition revitalizes a much-neglected masterpiece by one of our most important African-American writers. As Werner Sollors writes, “William Dean Howells did not overstate his case when he compared Chesnutt’s works with those by Turgenev, Maupassant, and James . . . and [Chesnutt] has become one of the most important ‘crossover’ authors from the African-American tradition.”

Praise

“A pioneering work about racial passing.”
—Werner Sollors, Harvard University
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