A seminal volume of four classic slave narratives, including Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The History of Mary Price: A West Indian Slave, Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl, and The Life of Olaudah Equiano.
Before the end of the Civil War, more than one hundred former slaves had published moving stories of their captivity and escape, joined by a similar number after the war. No group of slaves anywhere, in any other era, has left such prolific testimony to the horror of bondage and servitude.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of America’s top experts in African American studies, presents four of these classic narratives that illustrate the real nature of black experience in slavery.
Fascinating and powerful, this collection includes four of the best-known examples: the lives of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs (alias Linda Brent), Mary Price, and Olaudah Equiano (alias Gustavus Vassa). These amazing stories are not only first-person histories of the highest caliber, they are also a unique literary form that has given birth to the spirit, vitality, and vision of America’s modern black writers.
Updated with the ninth edition of The Life of Olaudah Equiano, the last edition he revised and published in his lifetime.
With a Revised and Updated Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.