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Originally published in London in 1857, The Garies and Their Friends is the first novel to chronicle the experience of free blacks in the pre-Civil War Northeast. The novel anticipates themes that were to become important in later African American fiction, including miscegenation and "passing," and tells the story of the Garies and their friends the Ellises, a "highly respectable and industrious colored family."

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Overview

Originally published in London in 1857, The Garies and Their Friends is the first novel to chronicle the experience of free blacks in the pre-Civil War Northeast. The novel anticipates themes that were to become important in later African American fiction, including miscegenation and "passing," and tells the story of the Garies and their friends the Ellises, a "highly respectable and industrious colored family."

In addition to this new edition of The Garies, we are pleased to include new material by Webb, never before published in book form. These include the stories Marvin Hayle and Two Wolves and a Lamb, essays and a number of poems, together with photographs presumed to be the writer and his wife, the actress Mary Webb.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781592640997
  • Publisher: Toby Press LLC, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 300

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
For Further Reading 15
The Garies and Their Friends 21
Preface 25
From Lord Brougham 27
Chapter 1 In which the Reader is introduced to a Family of peculiar Construction 31
Chapter 2 A Glance at the Ellis Family 45
Chapter 3 Charlie's Trials 57
Chapter 4 In which Mr. Winston finds an Old Friend 67
Chapter 5 The Garies decide on a Change 81
Chapter 6 Pleasant News 91
Chapter 7 Mrs. Thomas has her Troubles 103
Chapter 8 Trouble in the Ellis Family 115
Chapter 9 Breaking up 125
Chapter 10 Another Parting 135
Chapter 11 The New Home 143
Chapter 12 Mr. Garie's Neighbour 153
Chapter 13 Hopes consummated 163
Chapter 14 Charlie at Warmouth 171
Chapter 15 Mrs. Stevens gains a Triumph 181
Chapter 16 Mr. Stevens makes a Discovery 191
Chapter 17 Plotting 201
Chapter 18 Mr. Stevens falls into Bad Hands 211
Chapter 19 The Alarm 223
Chapter 20 The Attack 233
Chapter 21 More Horrors 249
Chapter 22 An Anxious Day 257
Chapter 23 The Lost One Found 263
Chapter 24 Charlie distinguishes Himself 273
Chapter 25 The Heir 283
Chapter 26 Home again 293
Chapter 27 Sudbury 305
Chapter 28 Charlie seeks Employment 315
Chapter 29 Clouds and Sunshine 327
Chapter 30 Many Years after 339
Chapter 31 The Thorn rankles 349
Chapter 32 Dear Old Ess again 361
Chapter 33 The Fatal Discovery 373
Chapter 34 "Murder will out" 385
Chapter 35 The Wedding 397
Chapter 36 And the Last 409
Personal Writings by Frank J. Webb 423
Biographical sketch of Mary E. Webb 425
Letters to Mary Wager Fisher 431
New Era Publications 433
None Spoke A Single Word To Me 435
Waiting 436
International Exhibition 439
The Mixed School Question 443
An Old Foe with a New Face 445
Two Wolves and a Lamb 449
Marvin Hayle 491
Appendix The Benefits of Co-operation: By One of the New Era 529
Editor's Acknowledgments 535
A Note on the Texts 537
About the Editor 541
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