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  • Published: 15 May 2004
  • ISBN: 9780375761157
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $24.99

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

or, Gustavus Vassa, the African



or, Gustavus Vassa, the African

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself was the first work that began the nineteenth-century genre of slave narrative autobiographies. Written and published by Equiano, a former slave, it became a prototype for those that followed. Kidnapped in Africa as a child, Equiano was transported to the Caribbean and then to Virginia, bought by a Quaker shipowner, and placed in service at sea. Aboard various American and British ships, he sailed throughout the world, and he continued to do so after having purchased his freedom in 1766. Once settled in London, he fought tirelessly to end slavery, and his Interesting Narrative was placed on members' desks in the Houses of Parliament.

  • Published: 15 May 2004
  • ISBN: 9780375761157
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Olaudah Equiano

Born around 1745 in what is now southeasternNigeria, Olaudah Equano was captured at the age oiten and sold to English slave traders who sent himto the West Indies. Sold and resold, from Virginia tcthe British navy, he finally managed to buy his free-dom in 1766. Equiano (known also as Gustavus Vassa) eventually converted to Methodism and becamean advocate for the abolition of slavery, publishingThe Interesting Narrative in 1789. He died in 1797.

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