A bewitched vineyard... a man turned into a tree... a wandering and haunting gray wolf... these are among the mysterious happenings revealed in The Conjure Woman, the first book by the important African-American author Charles W. Chesnutt. First published in 1899, these fold tales within a tale -- revolving around the rural conjuror who mixed potions and cast hexes -- also provide a subtle and eloquent commentary on the social attitudes of the period. Chesnutt set about to write something different from the traditional post-Civil War collection of sentimental plantation stories. The public response to these tales was a measure of Chesnutt's artistic success.
This paperback is in very good condition with a partial store sticker on the front cover, crossed out owner's names in the front, and one notation on the preface. No creases.
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