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ISBN-13: 978-0195343328 ISBN-10: 0195343328 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195343328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195343328
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the first modern published edition of this classic, Andrews and Mason have combined research detective work with lucid writing to reveal a compelling story of the brutality of southern slavery as well as the burdens of free black life in New England. This is a unique work of historical recovery, humanity, and scholarship."--David W. Blight, Yale University


"If you thought you knew the plot of slave narratives, read William Grimes's version of these stories of bondage and freedom, and think again. If you thought that slavery has no relevance today, consider the contributions of Grimes's living descendant, Regina Mason, and the expert editing and commentary of Professor William L. Andrews, internationally renowned expert on African American autobiography. If you think this is a fantastic addition to our understanding of American culture, you are right!"--Frances Smith Foster, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Women's Studies, Emory University


"[A] pathbreaking edition...Andrews contributes deep knowledge of antebellum America to the book while Mason, energized by the human passion to discover truths about our complicated ancestries because such truths are essential to our survival, contributes an impressive range of specific historical information about Grimes and the various characters in his life and milieu...The successful collaboration between Andrews and Mason offers a model of how scholars can emerge from the academic fortress to collaborate with nonacademics and engage the world in ways that genuinely matter." --African American Review


About the Author

William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English and Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt (1980) and To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865 (1986). He is co-editor of The Oxford Companion to African American Literature (1997) and The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (2003), and general editor of The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1998). Regina E. Mason, Grimes's great-great-great-granddaughter, has spent fifteen years exploring the life and times of autobiographer William Grimes, his wife, their children, and the communities in which they lived. She enjoys genealogy and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By history buff on November 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Unlike other slave narratives, this one is not cleaned up for the white reader. William Grimes is nearly as bitter about his treatment as a resident of Connecticut as he is about his life as a slave.

Regina Mason's gripping tale of her rediscovery of this narrative written by her ancestor is worth the price of admission on its own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Dr. Katherine L. Ward on February 6, 2013
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I was able to place myself within the story, to feel with the characters and learn
several new things about history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darcy Hartmann on June 9, 2010
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Regina Mason has given us two gifts, the interweaving of her great-great-great grandfather's autobiographical life as a slave with the dedication and belief in her own quest to know her heritage, passing this along to her own family first and then to us, the readers of these extraordinary journeys.
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Found this book very telling of the good old USA. Should be in all public schools. A must read for the youth of today
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Great read on the real life exploits of a man that endured the lash of slavery but through sheer wit and tenacity was able to create a life of freedom for himself and his family. Too few of these stories have been told. I am glad to read about one such as his, especially since we share the last name in common. Hubert L. Grimes, Author of How to Keep Your Child From Going to Jail
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