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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannah Crafts Narrator: Anna Deavere Smith Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An unprecedented historical and literary event, this tale written in the 1850s is the only known novel by a female African American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere. A work recently uncovered by renowned scholar and professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is a stirring tale of passing and the adventures of a young slave as she makes her way to freedom.

The Bondwoman's Narrative tells of a self-educated young house slave who knows her life is limited by the brutalities of her society, but never suspects that the freedom of her plantation's beautiful new mistress is also at risk...or that a devastating secret will force them both to flee from slave hunters with another powerful, determined enemy at their heels.

This program includes an exclusive interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colin | 2/8/2014

    " An excellent little book - more of a booklet, really, a libellus the Romans would have said, on Phillis Wheatley, the 18th century black poet who resided briefly in the city of Providence near my home. Her poetry first became of interest to me because of its Classical allusions - she was quite learned in Greek and Roman mythology, and did learn some Latin, I believe. She was examined by a panel to see if she really did write her own poems, thus proving that a black woman could write poetry - and was therefore a human being. Gates Jr. details the rise and fall of her fortunes in life and literary afterlife (the irony outstanding to me is that she was considered "too black" to be taken seriously by 19th century literary scholars, and 20th century African-American literary scholars consider her "too white" for her adoration of Western civilization over her own native culture. "If Wheatley stood for anything, it was the creed that culture was, could be, the equal possession of all humanity." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sabrina | 1/23/2014

    " This book demonstrated the doubts and criticism expressed towards Phillis Wheatley, as she tried to publish her poetry. At every door step she faced a new obstacle, it which she had to prove her intelligence to men of high status. It was impossible to believe that a lsave is capable of writing poetry. I admire her courage, persisitance, and determination to keep going after each obstacle, even though many seemed quite redundant at times. Phillis Wheatley demonstrated to be an early remodel of what can be accomplished from giving blacks knowledge. It seems that she has surpassed standards set by critiques with ease, proving to be more than a mere house slave. I applaud Phillis Wheatley for her early achievements. I also understood both perspectives on which people critiqued "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leonela | 3/29/2013

    " If you want to see how slavery was though someone who lived it, read Phillis Wheatley. This book is about a woman who has been enslave for as long as she can remember. In this book you can see what she saw, feel what she felt, and fear what she was so afraid of. In the beginning Wheatley you could say had an easy life, for a slave. All she had to do was attend to the need of her mistress's daughter, whom she loved very much.However, it was when she was sold away did she face the cruelty slavery could bring. She, as the author of the book, she uses imagery to paint the picture of the bloody scenes she has witness. And the one's she suffered herself. The theme of freedom is written all over this book. She does what ever she can to gain her freedom with out her masters knowing. Wanting to be her own master. In this book you can she how harsh the slaves lived and worked. There well being was the very last thing put into consideration. Know the Wheatley was the first black woman to have published writing in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristine Buckheit | 12/4/2012

    " "The Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America's First Black Poet and Encounters with the Founding Fathers" by Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a very inspirational book. It describes the life of an African American woman, who decides to become a scholar. Although she was born a slave, she had the opportunity to learn how to read and write. Many people enjoyed reading her poetry, but some didn't. One of these people was Thomas Jefferson. He thought that Phillis based her poetry solely on the Bible and was convinced that she did not write it herself. Phillis did not let these accusations bother her, she was determined to keep on writing with the support of her masters and readers. Throughout this novel, there is constant judgement on those of different races, beliefs, and cultures. "

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