The Travels of William Wells Brown, Including The Narrative of William Wells Brown, a Fugitive Slave, and The American Fugitive in Europe, Sketches of Places and People Abroad
This is the remarkable story of two trips by a fugitive slave. One is the dramatic and poignant journey of a humiliated slave up the Mississippi to the North, into freedom. The second is a glorious voyage to Europe of the same man, now an elegant and eloquent ambassador of the abolitionists, who hobnobs with writers like Victor Hugo, and moves freely in high society. His autobiography, The Narrative of William Wells Brown, A Fugitive Slave (1845), chronicles Brown's life in bondage -- disclosing aspects of slavery more various and disturbing than even the narrative of his contemporary Frederick Douglass -- and his pilgrim's progress north to freedom. This book is one of the most significant works of slave literature. Ten years later Brown published The American Fugitive in Europe: Sketches of Places and People Abroad, a travel report written in the style of the best European journalism. Both are included in this volume. Both the autobiography and the travel account are classic examples of nineteenth-century first-person prose narratives. Printing the two in one volume allows the reader to experience the richness and variety of nineteenth-century literature at its best.
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