To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865

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To Tell A Free Story traces in unprecedented detail the history of black America's most innovative literary tradition--the autobiography--from its beginnings to the end of the slavery era.

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Andrews describes and analyzes many autobiographies here, but his primary focus is on "slave narratives" by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs (a.k.a. Linda Brent), and J. D. Green. He convincingly advances new ideas regarding all three: that Douglass's My Bondage and My Free dom has been misread and vastly underrated for years; that Jacobs's long-scorned Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is in fact poignant, subtle, and important; and that Green's almost totally neglected Narrative is a "ground-breaking, precedent-defying work." Andrews shows how the authors of such works coped with the preconceptions of their white editors and readers. Though pedantic at times (consider such phrases as "ontological distanciation"), Andrews's analysis is gripping and often touching. Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
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