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- DescriptionIn this widely acclaimed biography, historian Vincent Carretta gives us the authoritative portrait of Olaudah Equia (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, Equia is revealed here as never before, thanks to archival research on an unprecedented scale - some of which even indicates that Equia 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.
- Author BiographyVincent 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.
- Author(s)Vincent Carretta
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication07/06/2007
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Out-of-print date07/03/2009
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight408 g
- Width140 mm
- Height214 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
- Edition Statementannotated edition
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