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The House Behind the Cedars

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Written by Charles ChesnuttAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Charles Chesnutt
Introduction by Judith Jackson FossettAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Judith Jackson Fossett

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: December 9, 2003
  • Price: $12.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-6616-9 (0-8129-6616-3)
Also available as an eBook.
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One of the most significant novels of racial boundaries in American literature, The House Behind the Cedars tells of John and Lena Walden, mulatto siblings who pass for white in the postbellum American South. The drama that unfolds as they travel between black and white worlds constitutes a riveting portrait of the shifting and intractable nature of race in American life.

This edition revitalizes a much-neglected masterpiece by one of our most important African-American writers. As Werner Sollors writes, “William Dean Howells did not overstate his case when he compared Chesnutt’s works with those by Turgenev, Maupassant, and James . . . and [Chesnutt] has become one of the most important ‘crossover’ authors from the African-American tradition.”

This classic is set from the first edition and contains endnotes.

“A pioneering work about racial passing.”
—Werner Sollors, Harvard University