Of the nine short stories gathered together in the volume entitled "The Wife of His Youth," it is difficult to say which appeals most searchingly to the intelligent and fair-minded readers. Charles W. Chesnutt, limits himself to studies of "the color line"-one might rather say, broadens out into such studies. Sympathy and dignity of presentation mark his work, while his stories are always entertaining, apart form their underlying purpose. In "The Passing of Grandison," an apparently humorous study comes to a conclusion more forcible than droll. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.)
Review of The Wife of His Youth. In: "Books and Authors," The Living Age, vol. 223 (16 December 1899): 733.