The House Behind the Cedars
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Charles W. Chesnutt., & Charles W. Chesnutt|AUTHOR. (2020). The House Behind the Cedars. West Margin Press.

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Charles W. Chesnutt and Charles W. Chesnutt|AUTHOR. 2020. The House Behind the Cedars. West Margin Press.

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Charles W. Chesnutt and Charles W. Chesnutt|AUTHOR, The House Behind the Cedars. West Margin Press, 2020.

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Charles W. Chesnutt, and Charles W. Chesnutt|AUTHOR. The House Behind the Cedars. West Margin Press, 2020. Web.

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    [synopsis] => The House Behind the Cedars (1900) is African-American writer Charles Chesnutt's debut novel. Inspired by his own experience as a Black man capable of passing for white-which Chesnutt consciously chose not to do-as well as by Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, The House Behind the Cedars explores themes of identity, race, and class in the post-Civil War South.

Controversial for its portrayal of interracial romance, Chesnutt's novel was critically acclaimed in its day, but failed financially. It was adapted into a 1927 silent film by pioneering Black director Oscar Micheaux.

After years of living in the city, John Warwick visits his hometown to see his mother and sister. Hearing of his success as a lawyer and father, Rena, his sister, is intrigued with city life and decides to join him when he returns. With a black mother and white father, the two are able to pass for white, which allows them-Rena soon discovers-a certain amount of social mobility in the South. It being only a few years after the Civil War, there is of course some risk to this, but the opportunity is too enticing to pass up. Rena soon meets George, a wealthy white man and business partner of her brother, and the two fall in love. When she is called home to care for her sick mother, and as George begins to grow suspicious, it becomes more and more difficult to keep her secret-and her family-safe.

With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Charles Chesnutt's The House Behind the Cedars is a classic of African American literature reimagined for modern readers.
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