Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism
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In addition to its far-reaching impact on the antislavery movement in the United States and abroad, Douglass s fugitive slave narrative won recognition for its literary excellence, which has since earned it a place among the classics of nineteenth-century American autobiography. This Norton Critical Edition reprints the 1845 first edition of Douglass s compelling work. Explanatory annotations accompany the text. A rich selection of "Contexts" provides the reader with contemporary perspectives. Included are the little-known preface that Douglass wrote in 1846 for the second Irish edition; a public exchange of letters between A. C. C. Thompson, a former slaveholder, and Douglass; three autobiographical portraits of Douglass's parents; Douglass s account of his escape from slavery, which he chose not to include in the 1845 Narrative; samples of Douglass s use of his slave experience in two of his most influential antislavery speeches; and reminiscences by James Monroe Gregory and Elizabeth Cady Stanton of Douglass as both orator and friend. "Criticism" collects six essential assessments of the Narrative s historical and literary aspects, by William S. McFeely, Peter Ripley, Robert B. Stepto, William L. Andrews, Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Deborah E. McDowell. A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included.
|Contributed by:||Andrews, William L.|
|Contributed by:||McFeely, William S.|
|Publisher:||W W Norton & Co Inc|
|Publish Date:||Feb 1997|
|Number of Pages:||188|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.5|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.5 x 0.45|
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