“This is simply a fabulous compilation of materials. Paton carefully addresses an impressive range of historical and literary contexts that allow the contemporary reader to fully appreciate the importance of Williams’s narrative.”—Sandra Gunning, author of Race, Rape, and Lynching: The Red Record of American Literature, 1890–1912
“Williams’s narrative contributes a distinctive dimension to our understanding of the development of ‘Black Atlantic’ writing. His is a rare account of a slave’s transition to freedom under the conditions of the British emancipation program in Jamaica. The rich historical and social texture provided by Paton enhances this striking narrative’s import.”—William L. Andrews, coeditor of The Civitas Anthology of African American Slave Narratives
About the Author
Diana Paton is a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of
Diana Paton is Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle, England.