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The House Behind The Cedars (Large Print) by Charles Waddell Chesnutt

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Number of Pages488
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Open LibraryOL11858673M
ISBN 101425024718
ISBN 109781425024710

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The House Behind the Cedars is a phenomenal book. I have a love/hate relationship with it because the story is so tragic. Chesnutt uses characters in his novel to show how silly it was during this time to pigeonhole someone into a certain category for race and allow that to define them as a person/5. The House Behind the Cedars is a classic tale that will leave you captivated, perplexed, and seething with emotion the whole way through. Author, political activist, and lawyer, Charles W. Chesnutt, incorporated elements of his own personal experiences and background into The House Behind the Cedars, originally published in by Houghton /5(30). Read V. The Tournament of The House Behind The Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt. The text begins: The annual tournament of the Clarence Social Club was about to begin. The county fairground, where all was in readiness, sparkled with the youth and beauty of the town, standing here and there under the trees in animated groups, or moving toward the seats from which the pageant might be witnessed. Overview. The House Behind the Cedars revolves around the fates of two siblings, John and a girl, their mother, Molly Walden, is picked out by a wealthy white man in the town of Patesville on account of her unusual beauty (Molly is African American with light skin and stereotypically white features).This unnamed man takes Molly as his concubine, installs her in the titular house behind.

The House Behind the Cedars is a novel about "passing,"--a post-Civil War phenomenon that marked its own genre in American literature. The author, Charles Chesnutt, was an accomplished writer. The acceptance of The House Behind the Cedars as a full-length novel came about only as a result of its being turned down by publishers in the shorter novella form when it was titled “Rena Walden.” Each rejection notice from a publisher sent Chesnutt back to work revising and reworking it until finally it was fleshed out and transformed. The The House Behind the Cedars Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you.   House Behind the Cedars was a very well written book vividly portraying the time period and the seperation between blacks and whites. The story line was suprisingly interesting, and not at all predictable. It offers both a romantic side as well as one of social issues. A very good book, I would highly reccomend it.5/5(1).

In The House Behind the Cedars, a novel about two African Americans who pass for white in post-Civil War North Carolina, Charles W. Chesnutt introduces a striking new hero in American fiction of the color line: John Walden, a young black man who decides to pass for white in order to earn what he feels is his rightful share of the American dream.4/5(1). Charles Chesnutt was perhaps the most influential African-American fiction writer during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The House Behind the Cedars, his dramatic masterpiece, was crafted during the tumultuous post-Civil War era in the South, when many in white society feared the "evils" of interracial , with vivid detail and memorable characters, this.   The House Behind the Cedars Language: English: LoC Class: PS: Language and Literatures: American and Canadian literature: Subject: Didactic fiction Subject: Psychological fiction Subject: Domestic fiction Subject: African Americans -- Fiction Subject: Southern States -- Fiction Subject: Passing (Identity) -- Fiction Subject: African American Cited by: The novel The House Behind the Cedars is a wonderful book written by Charles W. Chesnutt. The story takes place right after the U.S. Civil War in North Carolina and South Carolina. The story.