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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $17.00
  • December 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97494-2
  • 448 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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

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Olaudah Equiano (Author), Werner Sollors (Editor, Harvard University)


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

It is accompanied by an introduction, maps, illustrations, and annotations. "Contexts" provides essential public writings on the autobiography, general and historical background, related travel and scientific literature, other eighteenth-century works by authors of African ancestry, and works debating the slave trade. "Criticism" includes six contemporary reviews and nine modern essays on the narrative by Paul Edwards, Charles T. Davis, Houston A. Baker, Jr., Angelo Costanzo, Catherine Obianju Acholonu, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Geraldine Murphy, Adam Potkay, and Robert J. Allison. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.


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