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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African . Written by Himself was the first work that influenced 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. This edition of Equiano's Narrative places the text in the center of abolitionist activity in the late eighteenth century. Equiano knew many of the leading abolitionist figures of his time, and this edition allows readers to trace the common ideas and cross-influences in the works of the political and literary figures who fought for the end of slavery in America and England. The original 1789 text of the narrative has been used for the Broadview edition with Equiano's subsequent emendations included in the appendices.
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Angelo Costanzo, Professor Emeritus of English, Shippensburg University, is one of the world's leading experts on Equiano. He has written on slave narratives and African-American literature, and is the author of Surprizing Narrative: Olaudah Equiano and the Beginnings of Black Autobiography.

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"The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is the foundational text of African-American autobiography. This welcome edition, ably edited by Angelo Costanzo, provides readers of today a generous introduction to Equiano's life and times in a highly readable and informative format."--William L. Andrews "This new edition of Equiano...will become the text of choice for both scholars and students of the Black Atlantic." -- African American Review "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is the foundational text of African-American autobiography. This welcome edition, ably edited by Angelo Costanzo, provides readers of today a generous introduction to Equiano's life and times in a highly readable and informative format." -- William L. Andrews, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill "This new edition of Equiano...will become the text of choice for both scholars and students of the Black Atlantic." -- African American Review "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is the foundational text of African-American autobiography. This welcome edition, ably edited by Angelo Costanzo, provides readers of today a generous introduction to Equiano's life and times in a highly readable and informative format." -- William L. Andrews, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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