Talking Book

Julius Waters

My name is Julius Waters, I am a reviewer of Negro literature with a degree in English from Howard Univeristy. I was born in New York City in 1872, and both of my parents were laborers. I am the first of my family to attend a university and earn a degree, and for the several years after my graduation I have been reviewing the works of several prominent Negro writers, such as Frances Harper, W.E.B Dubois, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The recently published collection of stories “The Conjure Woman” by Charles Chesnutt has been brought to my attention by a fellow reviewer. While I am puzzled at the thought of a Negro author writing plantation style tales, I am willing to devote my intellectual energy to reviewing several of the stories and giving my thoughts on their merit as pieces of Negro literature.