Frederick Douglass

William S. McFeely (Author, University of Georgia)


“A detailed, finely written portrait of the imposing 19th-century leader.” —David Levering Lewis, New York Times Book Review

Born into but escaped from slavery, Frederick Douglass—orator, journalist, autobiographer; revolutionary on behalf of a just America—was a towering figure, at once consummately charismatic and flawed. His Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) galvanized the antislavery movement and is one of the truly seminal works of African-American literature. In this Lincoln Prize– winning biography, William S. McFeely captures the many sides of Douglass— his boyhood on the Chesapeake; his self-education; his rebellion and rising expectations; his marriage, affairs, and intense friendships; his bitter defeat and transcendent courage—and re-creates the high drama of a turbulent era.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35442-3
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 560 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“A masterpiece….[W]ill rightfully assume its place as the standard biography of a truly great figure in the nation’s past.” — New York Newsday

“Absolutely nonpareil. . . . This biography—tender and critical, respectful yet observant—presents a character of Frederick Douglass that is more thoroughly human than seemed possible in careful scholarship.” — Nell Irvin Painter, Boston Globe

“Stunning. . . . This illuminating portrait dispenses with the myths.” — Financial Times

“Compelling. . . . Suggests that the Age of Douglass was this nation’s greatest epoch. . . . What a time. What a book.” — Ishmael Reed, Los Angeles Times

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