Clotel: or, The President's Daughter

Clotel: or, The President's Daughter

by William W. Brown, Hilton Als
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Clotel: or, The President's Daughter by William W. Brown

The first novel published by an African American, Clotel takes up the story, in circulation at the time, that Thomas Jefferson fathered an illegitimate mulatto daughter who was sold into slavery. Powerfully reimagining this story, and weaving together a variety of contemporary source materials, Brown fills the novel with daring escapes and encounters, as well as searing depictions of the American slave trade. An innovative and challenging work of literary invention, Clotel is receiving much renewed attention today.

William Wells Brown, though born into slavery, escaped to become one of the most prominent reformers of the nineteenth century and one of the earliest historians of the black experience. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition reproduces the first, 1853, edition of Clotel and includes, as did that edition, his autobiographical narrative, "The Life and Escape of William Wells Brown," plus newly written notes.

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ISBN-13: 9780307419279
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/16/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

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Clotel; or the President's Daughter 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This book is mostly a political thesis with no backup. It is presented in a disjointed story form seemingly only to make it okay to present information without backing it up.