Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man

Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man

by Vincent Carretta

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Overview

A controversial look at the most renowned person of African descent in the eighteenth century

In this widely aclaimed biography, historian Vincent Carretta gives us the authoritative portrait of Olaudah Equiano (c.1745–1797), the former slave whose 1789 autobiography quickly became a popular polemic against the slave trade and a literary classic. Sailor, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Equiano is revealed here as never before, thanks to archival research on an unprecedented scale—some of which even indicates that Equiano may have lied about his origins to advance the antibondage struggle with which he became famously identified. A masterpiece of scholarship and writerly poise, this book redefines an extraordinary man and the turbulent age that shaped him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143038429
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Vincent Carretta is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of the Complete Writings of Phillis Wheatley, Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African, and Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery and Other Writings by Ottobah Cugoano.

Table of Contents

Equiano, the AfricanList of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Money
Chapter One. Equiano's Africa
Chapter Two. The Middle Passage
Chapter Three. At Sea
Chapter Four. Freedom Denied
Chapter Five. Bearing Witness
Chapter Six. Freedom of a Sort
Chapter Seven. Toward the North Pole
Chapter Eight. Born Again
Chapter Nine. Seeking a Mission
Chapter Ten. The Black Poor
Chapter Eleven. Turning against the Slave Trade
Chapter Twelve. Making a Life
Chapter Thirteen. The Art of the Book
Chapter Fourteen. A Self-Made Man
Notes
Bibliography
Index

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

An intriguing piece of detective work. (The Washington Post)

Masterful . . . offers not only the definitive biography of Equiano but also a first-rate social history of the late eighteenth century. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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