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Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001)
Joseph R. McElrath (Project Director: September 1999 to October 2002)
The Letters of Charles W. Chesnutt, 1906-1932

To support an annotated edition of 200-300 letters of Charles W. Chesnutt written in the period from 1906 through early 1932.

The project's purpose is the creation of a second volume of critically edited and annotated letters written by Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932). The first, published in 1997, made available a selection of the most significant ones written from 1889 through 1905. The second will take the reader to 1932. Included will be between 250 and 300 letters that document Chesnutt's production of short stories, novels, and essays; composition and delivery of speeches; participation in the activities of several civil rights organizations; and other ways in which he manifested his African-American perspective on life in the United States during the Jim Crow era.

Project fields:
American Literature

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$33,000 (approved)
$33,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2000 – 10/31/2001