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May 11, 2004
| ISBN 9780375761157
Dec 18, 2007
| ISBN 9780307432322
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May 11, 2004 | ISBN 9780375761157
Dec 18, 2007 | ISBN 9780307432322
Edited and with Notes by Shelly EversleyIntroduction by Robert Reid-PharrIn this truly astonishing eighteenth-century memoir, Olaudah Equiano recounts his remarkable life story, which begins when he is kidnapped in Africa as a boy and sold into slavery and culminates when he has achieved renown as a British antislavery advocate. The narrative “is a strikingly beautiful monument to the startling combination of skill, cunning, and plain good luck that allowed him to win his freedom, write his story, and gain international prominence,” writes Robert Reid-Pharr in his Introduction. “He alerts us to the very concerns that trouble modern intellectuals, black, white, and otherwise, on both sides of the Atlantic.”The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the definitive ninth edition of 1794, reflecting the author’s final changes to his masterwork.
Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) was a former slave who became an outspoken opponent of the slave trade.
“Equiano’s Narrative was so richly structured that it became the prototype of the nineteenth-century slave narrative.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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