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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 Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594833915
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Written in the 1850s by a runaway slave, The Bondswoman’s Narrative is both an historically important literary event and a gripping autobiographical novel in its own right.When her master is betrothed to a woman who conceals a tragic secret, Hannah Crafts, a young slave on a wealthy North Carolina plantation, runs away in a bid for her freedom up North. Pursued by slave hunters, imprisoned by a mysterious and cruel captor, held by sympathetic strangers, and forced to serve a demanding new mistress, she finally makes her way to freedom in New Jersey. Her compelling story provides a fascinating view of American life in the mid-1800s and the literary conventions of the time. Quite possibly the only novel written by a runaway slave, The Bondswoman’s Narrative is a provocative literary landmark and a significant historical event that will captivate a diverse audience.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muyiwa | 8/13/2012

    " The Trials of Phillis Wheatley by Henry Louis Gates Jr is an informative writing that allows one to understand the viewpoints of high-in-society white men that were given the responsibility to represent their nation. It gives the opinion on the validity of Wheatley's work; and brings us to the understanding that not everyone credited her for her work. This book even reveals the beliefs of black people in the 1950s through the 1960s to show that many people probably gave her acknowledgment for her work, but found that it was in support of the white man. That is what I found most surprising in the book. I would recommend this book to people that are interested in learning more about African American history and significant black people who had breakthrough achievements during their time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Boivin | 5/9/2012

    " Not so much about Phillis Wheatley, but rather about her influence on African-American literature. Still a good book, though really only about 90 pages. The rest is bibliography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joneill1225 | 12/14/2010

    " Still unsure how I feel about Hannah... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sher | 7/12/2010

    " "she was haunted by a shadow or phantom apparent only to herself" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena | 4/15/2010

    " It was good, but I don't believe it was really written by a real slave. It seemed too manufactured, too... I dunno. I just didn't feel authentic to me. It was still a good read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/18/2010

    " While reading this keep in mind as far we know this was written by a slave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/7/2010

    " Perhaps more interesting from a historical perspective than a literary one, but very interesting nonetheless "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 8/17/2009

    " I am loving this story taken from the journals of a black female slave. Thankfully, it ended well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 8/7/2009

    " The Bondwoman's Narrative was a copious expression of what it was like to live as a African American woman as a fugitive slave. It was compelling and heavy... "

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About the Narrator

Anna Deavere Smith has had a high-profile career as actor, teacher, and playwright. She has won two Obies, two Tony nominations, a MacArthur “genius” fellowship, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. She is currently director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue and is a professor at New York University.