Bondwoman's Narrative

ISBN-10: 0446690295
ISBN-13: 9780446690294
Edition: 2002 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 4/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

When Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., saw a modest auction catalogue listing for an "Unpublished Original Manuscript," he knew he could be on the verge of a major literary find. After exhaustive research, he found that the handwritten manuscript he had purchased was the only known novel by a female African American slave and possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere. The Bondwoman's Narrative tells of a self-educated young house slave who knows all too well slavery's brutal limitations, but never suspects that the freedom of her beautiful new mistress is also at risk -- or that a devastating secret will force them both to flee the South and make a desperate bid for freedom. Book jacket.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia. He received a degree in history from Yale University in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Clare College, which is part of the University of Cambridge in 1979. He is a leading scholar of African-American literature, history, and culture. He began working on the Black Periodical Literature Project, which uncovered lost literary works published in 1800s. He rediscovered what is believed to be the first novel published by an African-American in the United States. He republished the 1859 work by Harriet E. Wilson, entitled Our Nig, in 1983. He has written numerous books including Colored People: A Memoir, A Chronology of African-American History, The Future of the Race, Black Literature and Literary Theory, and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. In 1991, he became the head of the African-American studies department at Harvard University. He is now the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at the university. He wrote and produced several documentaries including Wonders of the African World, America Beyond the Color Line, and African American Lives. He has also hosted PBS programs such as Wonders of the African World, Black in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots.

Preface to the Trade Edition
Introduction
The Bondwoman's Narrative
Textual Annotations
Appendixes
Authentication Report
Testimony of Jane Johnson
Version 1
Version 2
John Hill Wheeler's Library Catalogue
A Note on Crafts's Literary Influences
Bibliography
Acknowledgments

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