The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings: Revised Edition (Paperback)

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By Olaudah Equiano, Vincent Carretta (Editor), Vincent Carretta (Introduction by), Vincent Carretta (Notes by)
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Read this and know the preternatural horrors that occur at the tip of enslavement's spear; read this and know the grace and fortitude one is capable of in the struggle for freedom. A truly remarkable piece of literature to emerge from the eighteenth century, Equiano's autobiographical narrative is essential reading for all freedom fighters.

— Tristan Tomaselli


Completely revised and edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta

An exciting and often terrifying adventure story, as well as an important precursor to such famous nineteenth-century slave narratives as Frederick Douglass's autobiographies, Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative recounts his kidnapping in Africa at the age of ten, his service as the slave of an officer in the British Navy, his ten years of labor on slave ships until he was able to purchase his freedom in 1766, and his life afterward as a leading and respected figure in the antislavery movement in England. A spirited autobiography, a tale of spiritual quest and fulfillment, and a sophisticated treatise on religion, politics, and economics, The Interesting Narrative is a work of enduring literary and historical value.

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780142437162
ISBN-10: 0142437166
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: May 27th, 2003
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics