“The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line,” by Charles Waddell Chesnutt

Charles Waddell Chesnutt at the age of 40.

Charles Waddell Chesnutt at the age of 40.

Over at LibriVox there is a complete audio recording of “The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line,” by Charles Waddell Chesnutt.

According to the LibriVox write-up, the “The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line” is:

The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line

Charles Waddell CHESNUTT (1858 – 1932)

Published in 1899, The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line is a collection of narratives that addresses the impact of Jim Crow laws on African Americans and white Americans of the South. Many of Chesnutt’s characters are of mixed-race ancestry which sets them apart for a specific yet degrading kind of treatment from blacks and whites. These stories examine particularly how life in the South was informed through a legacy of slavery and Reconstruction—how members of the “old dominion” desperately struggled to breath life into the corpse of an antebellum caste system that no longer defined the path and direction in which this country was headed. (Introduction by James K. White).”

There are ten short stories in this collection and clicking the links below will take you too James K. White‘s reading of the short story:

1. The Wife of His Youth

2. Her Virginia Mammy
3. The Sheriff’s Children
4. A Matter of Principle
5. Cicely’s Dream
6. The Passing of Grandison
7. Uncle Wellington’s Wives (Chapters I & II)
8. Uncle Wellington’s Wives (Chapters III & IV)
9. The Bouquet
10. The Web of Circumstance

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