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Frederick Douglass, by Charles W. Chesnutt, is a new volume in the series of Beacon Biographies, which are small and tastefully bound. The present narrative gives a clear and sufficiently complete account of Douglass's rise from being a slave in Maryland to being United States Minister to Hayti, but the story is marred by the author's occasional attempts to be eloquent. However, after the reader has forgotten this he will be pleased by feeling that he has come into a closer acquaintance with the life of one of the most distinguished and also able colored men that have yet appeared in the United States. (Small, Maynard & Co., 75c.)


Review of Frederick Douglass. In: "The Book-Buyer's Guide, Biography and History," The Critic. 36 (Apr. 1900): 373.