The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings: Revised Edition

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Penguin, May 27, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
Completely revised and edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta

An exciting and often terrifying adventure story, as well as an important precursor to such famous nineteenth-century slave narratives as Frederick Douglass's autobiographies, Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative recounts his kidnapping in Africa at the age of ten, his service as the slave of an officer in the British Navy, his ten years of labor on slave ships until he was able to purchase his freedom in 1766, and his life afterward as a leading and respected figure in the antislavery movement in England. A spirited autobiography, a tale of spiritual quest and fulfillment, and a sophisticated treatise on religion, politics, and economics, The Interesting Narrative is a work of enduring literary and historical value.

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User Review  - Ricki Zaracki -

Not the worst book that I've ever read, but by far not the best. He was too repetitive in his details. I found Equiano more intersting in the character that played him in the movie, Amazing Grace. Read full review

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User Review  - othurtle - LibraryThing

You cannot keep a good man down! This guy always bounced back...His treatment even as a slave was pretty good when away from the W Indies but all slaves, and also free blacks were treated abominably ... Read full review


Explanatory and Textual Notes
A Note on the Illustrations
List of Subscribers to the New York
The Will and Codicil of Gustavus
Writings by Gustavus Vassa
Endnotes Corrigenda

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About the author (2003)

Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) was a former slave who became an outspoken opponent of the slave trade.

Vincent Carretta is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of the Complete Writings of Phillis Wheatley, Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African, and Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of SLavery and Other Writings by Ottobah Cugoano.

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