My Bondage and My Freedom: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism

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W. W. Norton, Incorporated, 2020 - Biography & Autobiography - 485 pages

This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • Nick Bromell and R. Blakeslee Gilpin's introduction to Frederick Douglass's second autobiography, providing the deep contextualization teachers want and students need.
  • The first edition text (1855), accompanied by the editors' detailed explanatory footnotes.
  • Twelve contemporary works that relate to My Bondage and My Freedom, including writings by Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Franklin, William Lloyd Garrison, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Jacobs.
  • Nineteen critical assessments of My Bondage and My Freedom--nine contemporary and ten recent interpretations--to inspire classroom discussion and research topics across the curriculum.
  • A chronology of Frederick Douglass's life and work and a selected bibliography.

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Frederick Douglass

Celeste-Marie Bernier is Personal Chair in English Literature and Professor of Black Studies at the University of Edinburgh. A winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize, her research is rooted in the fields of literary studies, slavery studies, African American studies, and African Diasporic Studies. She is the author of several books, including including Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination (University of Virginia Press, 2012; winner of the 2013 British Association for American Studies Book Prize) and Stick to the Skin: Representing the Body, Memory, and History in Fifty Years of African American and Black British Visual Arts (University of California Press 2018), and has published extensively on Frederick Douglass. She is also the Co-Editor-in Chief of the Journal of American Studies, published by CUP.

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