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The Goophered Grapevine

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The Goophered Grapevine

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Author: Charles W. Chesnutt
Publisher: Atlantic Magazine, 1887
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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Magical Realism
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A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction

This work is a selction from author Nisi Shawl's: A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction, an annotated list of 40+ black science fiction works that are important to your understanding of its history. Read more about this selection below.

"The Goophered Grapevine" was Chesnutt's first Uncle Julius story. The story introduces John, the white Northern businessman who comes South after the War to buy a plantation and grow grapes. In this story, Uncle Julius tells John and his wife Annie about how the grape vines in the area were conjured long ago by a master who wanted to stop the slaves from stealing the grapes.

This short story can be found at Atlantic Magazine archives here or in the anthology Dark Matter.


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