BOOKS AND THEIR WRITERS.
"There is now a negro literature," says the Tuskegee Student, the weekly paper published by the students of the Normal and Industrial institute at Tuskegee, Ala., of which Booker T. Washington is the head. "It has been here for some time, and as the years come and go, is bound to grow and become a potent factor in the solution of the grave issue so often referred to as the ‘race problem.’ One of the most successful of the writers aiding in the cause," says the Student, "is Mr. Chas. W. Chesnutt, who, according to some of the most eminent of the reviewers, has written the most brilliant short stories to appear in America in the last two years." Mr. Chesnutt’s latest book, "The Wife of His Youth," has had great success for a book of short stories. The initial story brought immediate reputation to its author. It deals with the color question, the environment, the past and the future of the negro--the negro of mixed blood--in a very frank and philosophical way.
Rev. of The Wife of His Youth in "Books and Their Writers," The Courier-Journal [Louisville] 21 July 1900: 5.