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The Bondwoman's Narrative Paperback – Color, April 1, 2003
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Read by Anna Deavere Smith, this is an unprecedented autobiographical tale written in the 1850s by an African American slave who is probably the first black woman to write a novel. Crafts recounts her life story while simultaneously revealing her new mistress's secret that forces them to flee from slave hunters. Throughout the book, the author's path crosses with a powerful and determined enemy. Typical of sentimental and gothic novels, this suspenseful work is atypical in that it provides a black female writer's account of the brutalities of her society. A highly remarkable literary and historical work by a self-educated woman who gives a slave's experience of slavery from a humanistic view. The introduction and commentary by Henry Louis Gates discusses the provenance of the original manuscript and its place in history and literature. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.
Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons, Manhattan Coll. Libs., Riverdale, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Remarkable for its revelations of the day-to-day life of a house slave shortly before the Civil War outlawed such an existence. * IRISH EXAMINER * Its pages are full of telling observations of the peculiar psychological effects of slavery. * SUNDAY TIMES * Extraordinarily interesting and valuable. * THE TIMES * THE BONDWOMAN'S NARRATIVE is an extraordinary literary event. * SCOTSMAN * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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of her master, who had no compassion for his workers. She took risks and tells the horrors created by the master against his
servants. Little bit of a hard read because she describes many incidents of punishment that are gruesome, but well worth
receiving the truth of the reality of slavery.