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  • Published: 3 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241251928
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook


Little Black Classics

The searing autobiography of Olaudah Equiano - African slave, sailor and finally a free man - fuelled the eighteenth-century abolitionist movement.

'Cut iron with iron,
What makes iron valuable,
Big kuku tree and big silk-cotton tree,
Fari and Kaunju -'
Told and retold since the fourteenth century, this West African epic chronicles the story of the mighty warrior who saves his people and founds an empire.
One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

  • Pub date: 3 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241251928
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

Olaudah Equiano

Born around 1745 in what is now southeastern Nigeria, Olaudah Equano was captured at the age oi ten and sold to English slave traders who sent him to the West Indies. Sold and resold, from Virginia tc the British navy, he finally managed to buy his free- dom in 1766. Equiano (known also as Gustavus Vas sa) eventually converted to Methodism and became an advocate for the abolition of slavery, publishing The Interesting Narrative in 1789. He died in 1797.

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