Equiano, The African: Biography Of A Self-made Man

Paperback | January 30, 2007

byVincent Carretta

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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.

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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 liter...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 1 inPublished:January 30, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143038427

ISBN - 13:9780143038429

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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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

Editorial Reviews

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)