Biography

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  1. Book ImageIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: A Norton Critical Edition

    Harriet Jacobs, Frances Smith Foster, Richard Yarborough

    Second Edition

    “Accompanied by historical photographs, public statements, and correspondence, and by a well-selected sampling of modern criticism, this Norton Critical Edition will stimulate many classroom discussions in years to come.” —Werner Sollors, Harvard University  

    “This new edition includes an array of reviews and correspondence along with a fresh and diverse set of scholarly critiques that will help students and instructors understand this remarkable autobiography.” —Bryan Sinche, University of Hartford

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  2. Book ImageTwelve Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup, Kevin M. Burke, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    This Norton Critical Edition of Solomon Northup’s harrowing autobiography is based on the 1853 first edition. It is accompanied by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin Burke’s introduction and detailed explanatory footnotes.More

  3. Book ImageNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass, William L. Andrews, William S. McFeely

    Second Edition

    This revision of the acclaimed and widely assigned Norton Critical Edition of Frederick Douglass’s great autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself includes key examples of literary and cultural analyses that have engaged scholars over the last three decades.More

  4. Book ImageBenjamin Franklin's Autobiography

    Benjamin Franklin, Joyce E. Chaplin

    New Edition

    The only edition of the celebrated Autobiography that includes the long-missing and recently identified “Wagon Letters.”More

  5. Book ImageLet Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie

    Rachel Corrie

    "A testament to how deeply we need the power and vision and energy of young women to transform the world."--Eve EnslerMore

  6. Book ImageRoughing It in the Bush

    Susanna Moodie, Michael Peterman

    In 1832, Susanna Moodie immigrated to Canada from Britain with her husband and daughter in search of comfort and independence in the unsettled Canadian backwoods.More

  7. Book ImageLove My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army

    Kayla Williams, Michael E. Staub

    “Brave, honest, and necessary.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR SeattleMore

  8. Book ImageRed Cavalry

    Isaac Babel, Nathalie Babel, Peter Constantine, Et Al.

    "Amazing not only as literature but as biography." —Richard Bernstein, The New York TimesMore

  9. Book ImageThe Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African, Written by Himself

    Olaudah Equiano, Werner Sollors

    The text of Equiano’s narrative presented here is that of the 1789 first edition.More

  10. Book ImageThe Book of Margery Kempe

    Margery Kempe, Lynn Staley

    The text presented here remains as faithful to the original Middle English as possible, without sounding archaic.More

  11. Book ImageThe Souls of Black Folk

    W. E. B. Du Bois, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Terri Hume Oliver

    When it was published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk revolutionized thinking about the experience of African Americans in the United States.More

  12. Book ImageSojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol

    Nell Irvin Painter

    A monumental biography of one of the most important black women of the nineteenth century.More

  13. Book ImageUp From Slavery

    Booker T. Washington, William L. Andrews

    Upon its publication in 1901, Up From Slavery became the most influential book written by an African American. As one of a handful of classic American autobiographies, its place in the literary and historical canons is assured. This Norton Critical Edition includes as its text the first book edition, published by Doubleday, Page and Company. The text is fully annotated and includes the index that appended the first book edition.More

  14. Book ImageThe Norton Book of Women's Lives

    Phyllis Rose

    "This remarkable and wide-ranging collection, full of surprises, should encourage any woman who is trying to survive in a man's world, and enlighten any man who sincerely wants to understand contemporary women." —Alison LurieMore

  15. Book ImageLife Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women

    Patricia Bell-Scott

    Life Notes is the first collection devoted exclusively to writings from the journals, diaries, and personal notebooks of contemporary black women.
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