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Black Atlantic Writers Of The Eighteenth Century

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This book brings together for the first time works by four Afro-Anglican writers who published between 1774 and 1789: Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Ottobah Cugoano, and Olaudah Equiano. These men share a dramatic story of captivity and liberation, wayfaring and adventure.

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Overview

This book brings together for the first time works by four Afro-Anglican writers who published between 1774 and 1789: Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Ottobah Cugoano, and Olaudah Equiano. These men share a dramatic story of captivity and liberation, wayfaring and adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is a carefuly edited collection of four narratives and a sermon by what the editors call "Atlantic" black writersthat is, writers who crossed the Atlantic from West Africa to the West Indies, from the American colonies to the British Isles. All but Olaudah Equiano are currently out of print. What amazes about this collection is the extent to which the authors, three of whom were slaves at one time, tend not to complain about the "peculiar institution." All four were also deeply influenced by Protestant Christianity, and much of their writing reads like religious tracts. Reproduced in the original format, these fascinating glimpses of the black past are recommended primarily for specialists in the field of black studies and for large libraries.Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312125189
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About This Edition
Abbreviated Titles of Bibliographical Sources
Introduction 1
About Ukawsaw Gronniosaw 23
A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, An African Prince, Written by Himself 27
About John Marrant 67
A Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black, (Now Going to Preach the Gospel in Nova-Scotia) Born in New-York, in North-America 75
A Sermon Preached on the 24th Day of June 1789, Being the Festival of Saint John the Baptist, at the Request of the Right Worshipful the Grand Master Prince Hall, and the Rest of the Brethren of the African Lodge of the Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons in Boston 106
About Quobna Ottobah Cugoano 125
Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, Humbly Submitted to the Inhabitants of Great-Britain, by Ottobah Cugoano, a Native of Africa 129
About Olaudah Equiano 159
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudab Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself 166
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