Adult Nonfiction GV956.2.S8 M36 2009
Summary: Charles Chesnutt was perhaps the most influential African-American fiction writernbsp;during the late nineteenth and earlynbsp;twentieth centuries. The House Behind the Cedars , his dramatic masterpiece, was crafted duringnbsp;thenbsp;tumultuous post-Civil War era in the South, when many in white societynbsp;feared the "evils" of interracial relationships. Boldly, with vivid detail and memorable characters, this novel explores the practice of "passing," as John and Rena Walden, two light-skinned African Americans, step over the color line to share in the American Dream. Conceived by a novelist who himself had once considered "passing,"nbsp; The House Behind the Cedars continues as one of the bravest, most compelling, andnbsp;most important explorations of racism in American fiction.
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