The Conjure Woman

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Written by
Chesnutt, Charles W., American, 1858 - 1932
Published by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, American, founded 1880
Produced by
Riverside Press, American, 1852 - 1971
ink on paper with gold, cloth, cardboard and acetate film
H x W x D (Closed): 7 1/8 × 4 7/8 × 1 1/16 in. (18.1 × 12.4 × 2.7 cm)
hardcover books
Place depicted
Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
This book is a first edition, first printing of “The Conjure Woman," a collection of seven short stories, all set in "Patesville," North Carolina and told through the view point of the character Uncle Julius: The Goophered Grapevine, Po’ Sandy, Mars Jeems’s Nightmare, The Conjurer’s Revenge, Sis’ Becky’s Pickaninny, The Gray Wolf’s Ha’nt, and Hot-foot Hannibal. The book has a tan cloth binding. The front cover has three illustrations set in in red blocks at top center of the cover. From left to right the illustrations include a white hare, an elderly bald man with a beard, and a white hare. Title of book, [THE CONJURE WOMAN], is embossed beneath the red blocks in gold serif typeface and author's name, [CHARLES · W · CHESNUTT], centered at bottom of the front cover, also in gold serif typeface. The spine text is all printed in gold serif typeface. The text along the top third of the spine reads [THE / CONJURE / WOMAN]. The author's name [CHARLES W · / CHESNUTT], is embossed on the center of the spine and the name of the publishers [HOUGHTON / MIFFLIN CO] is embossed across the bottom of the spine. The book is two hundred and twenty-nine pages and includes a title page and contents page.
African American
American South
Race relations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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