Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism

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W.W. Norton, Incorporated, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 385 pages
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This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The first edition (1861), with the editors' explanatory annotations, introduction, and glossary of the people of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
  • Three illustrations.
  • Key public statements by Harriet Jacobs, William C. Nell, the Reverend Francis J. Grimke, and others.
  • A rich selection of correspondence by Harriet Jacobs, Lydia Maria Child, and John Greenleaf Whittier, suggesting Incidents's initial reception.
  • Ten major critical essays, six of them new to the Second Edition.
  • A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography.

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About the author (2019)

Harriet Jacobs was born in Edenton, North Carolina, in 1813, to slave parents. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the first full-length narrative written by a former slave woman in America, is a record of events and experiences of slavery seen through the eyes of the young Harriet during the years she lived in captivity in Edenton, through her escape, when she becomes a fugitive in the North at age twenty-nine, and concluding soon after a northern white friend buys her freedom in 1852.

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