Hansberry Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition

Playwright Lorraine Hansberry devoted seven years to a stage adaption of Chesnutt’s novel about the 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina coup and race massacre. The earliest draft is dated 1955. She imagined a cast, a set, and wrote stage directions. She revised and revised, for years. She marked up her copy of Chesnutt’s second novel, and she was determined to revisit his work and the events of Wilmington 1898.

2018 Sylvia Lyons Render Award

The Charles Waddell Chesnutt Association awarded Susanna Ashton and Bill Hardwig the 2018 Sylvia Lyons Render Award “in recognition of outstanding scholarship on the life and works of Charles Waddell Chesnutt.”  Ashton and Hardwig received the award for their work editing “Approaches to Teaching the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt” (MLA Press, 2017).

ALA Conference Cancelled

Due to the virus, the ALA conference has been cancelled. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal. We look forward to when we can convene again, and have presentations and discussions on Chesnutt. Take care in these difficult times. –Stephanie Browner

We’ve launched!

The new Chesnutt Association site is live. Stay tuned as we add pages and information.

Call for papers

The Charles W. Chesnutt Association welcomes abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentation at two sessions on the work of Chesnutt at the 2020 ALA conference in San Diego. Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2020  CALL FOR PAPERS: Charles W. Chesnutt Association, American Literature Association, 31st Annual Conference, May 21-24, 2020, Manchester Grand Hyatt, One […]


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