When her master is betrothed to a woman who conceals a tragic secret, Hannah Crafts, a young slave on a wealthy North Carolina plantation, runs away in a bid for her freedom up North. Pursued by slave hunters, imprisoned by a mysterious and cruel captor, held by sympathetic strangers, and forced to serve a demanding new mistress, she finally makes her way to freedom in New Jersey. Her compelling story provides a fascinating view of American life in the mid-1800s and the literary conventions of the time. Written in the 1850s by a runaway slave, THE BONDSWOMAN'S NARRATIVE is a provocative literary landmark and a significant historical even that will captivate a diverse audience. It provides a window into the psychology and perspective of a slave woman.
David Brion Davis, a Yale professor and historican of slavery, said, 'We have relatively few authentic slave narratives, and certainly a novel written by a black woman and former slave is almost sensational.
THE BONDWOMAN'S NARRATIVE is an extraordinary literary event. * SCOTSMAN * Extraordinarily interesting and valuable. * THE TIMES * Its pages are full of telling observations of the peculiar psychological effects of slavery. * SUNDAY TIMES * Remarkable for its revelations of the day-to-day life of a house slave shortly before the Civil War outlawed such an existence. * IRISH EXAMINER *
About Hannah Crafts
Hannah Crafts may be a pseudonym for the female slave who wrote this novel in the United States in the mid-19th century. Editor Henry Louis Gates Jr, one of the US's leading African-American academics, bought and authenticated the MS. He lives in Massachusetts.
The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts
Virago Modern Classics
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Little, Brown Book Group
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