The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings: Revised Edition

The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings: Revised Edition


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ISBN-13: 9780142437162
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 305,722
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) was a former slave who became an outspoken opponent of the slave trade.

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


Vincent Carretta

A Note on the Text


A Note on Money

Suggestions for Further Reading

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of  Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself

Explanatory and Textual Notes

Appendix A: The Frontispieces and Title Pages of the First London (1789) and New York (1791) Editions

Appendix B: A Note on the Illustrations

Appendix C: List of Subscribers to the First Edition

Appendix D: List of Subscribers to the New York Edition

Appendix E: Correspondence of Gustavus Vassa, or Olaudah Equiano, Not Published in The Interesting Narrative

Appendix F: The Will and Codicil of Gustavus Vassa (Olaudah Equiano)

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The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings: Revised Edition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Equiano is an engaging sort with an artless yet shrewd means of delivering a fascinating life story--captured as a Niger Basin lad by neighbouring peoples, traded as a slave from village to village until--shit!--he came to the sea and got snapped up by the whites (and the first rule of being a slave is you do not wanna be owned by the white man); then off to the New World, where you add some European cultural mores to your natural acuity, go back to London and then all over the world as manservantslave to a succession of self-interested but mostly unmalicious--sometimes even decent!--masters. You get shipwrecked off the Bahamas, party with Miskito people on a Jamaican plantation, see Smyrna, fail to find the Northeast Passage (1), eventually buy your freedom, and rise in the world as a sea captain and later exec director of a failed slave resettlement effort in Sierra Leone. You do it all under the constant threat of white rapacity and impunity--guys are always taking your bag of oranges or kidnapping you and selling you into slavery again, and it doesn't matter that you're a free man or civil servant or whatever--your only recourse is the kindness of random humane whites. You take advantage of it, cannily presenting yourself as pious, unassuming, soft and possessed of all the Christian virtues, almost too much, almost with a grovel-flourish before a white God, but also with an effort to model the putative British virtues--plainspokenness, bravery, self-regard--and chastise the whites for constantly failing to live up to them themselves in a way that veers between righteous and sanctimonious, even passive-aggressive.

Not a good look at the typical slave experience, but an intriguing depiction of what it took to get ahead in the whitemansiest of all white man's world. And his poetry will cut you to the quick.

DCArchitect on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Equiano's story of his own enslavement, life as a slave, and eventual emancipation. Fascinating in its subject and execution, Mr. Equiano's story is one of real life adventure and spirituality that brings both slavery and the British Emancipation efforts to life.
oataker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You cannot keep a good man down! This guy always bounced back...His treatment even as a slave was pretty good when away from the W Indies but all slaves, and also free blacks were treated abominably there. Whole chapter about his discovery of grace and personal assurance. Little about resentments... Amazing man, sickening fellow men.