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David WaldstreicherYears of strenuous digging in the account books and personal papers of whites who knew the Princes have enabled Gerzina to present a moving, if less than rounded, portrait of a striving family. Eighteenth-century Yankees kept track of everything: the work and pay of the slaves they owned and rented, even what they bought at the store. But Mr. and Mrs. Prince isn't—it can't be—the inner life of a vernacular poet and her enterprising husband. Instead of lamenting the limits of the evidence, the author spins a parallel story out of the dig for evidence.
—The New York Times