Synopses & Reviews
Charles Chesnutt was perhaps the most influential African-American fiction writerand#160;during the late nineteenth and earlyand#160;twentieth centuries. The House Behind the Cedars
, his dramatic masterpiece, was crafted duringand#160;theand#160;tumultuous post-Civil War era in the South, when many in white societyand#160;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,"and#160;The House Behind the Cedars continues as one of the bravest, most compelling, andand#160;most important explorations of racism in American fiction.
Originally published in 1900, this groundbreaking novel by a distinguished African-American author explores the Southern obsession with race. The drama of a brother and sister who "pass for white" during the dangerous days of Reconstruction, it offers realistic, unsentimental perspectives on the role of race in 19th-century American life.
Originally published in 1900, this groundbreaking novel by a distinguished African-American author recounts the drama of a brother and sister who "pass for white" during the dangerous days of Reconstruction.