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  • Published: 15 May 2004
  • ISBN: 9780375761157
  • Imprint: Random House US Group
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

or, Gustavus Vassa, the African



or, Gustavus Vassa, the African

Edited and with Notes by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr

In this truly astonishing eighteenth-century memoir, Olaudah Equiano recounts his remarkable life story, which begins when he is kidnapped in Africa as a boy and sold into slavery and culminates when he has achieved renown as a British antislavery advocate. The narrative “is a strikingly beautiful monument to the startling combination of skill, cunning, and plain good luck that allowed him to win his freedom, write his story, and gain international prominence,” writes Robert Reid-Pharr in his Introduction. “He alerts us to the very concerns that trouble modern intellectuals, black, white, and otherwise, on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the definitive ninth edition of 1794, reflecting the author’s final changes to his masterwork.

  • Published: 15 May 2004
  • ISBN: 9780375761157
  • Imprint: Random House US Group
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99

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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