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Classic American Autobiographies

by William L. Andrews

Portions of the autobiographes of Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglas, and Zitkala-Sa.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself

by Frederick Douglass William L. Andrews William S. Mcfeely

In addition to its far-reaching impact on the antislavery movement in the United States and abroad, Douglass's fugitive slave narrative won recognition for its literary excellence, which has since earned it a place among the classics of nineteenth-century American autobiography. This Norton Critical Edition reprints the 1845 first edition of Douglass's compelling work. Explanatory annotations accompany the text. A rich selection of "Contexts" provides the reader with contemporary perspectives. Included are the little-known preface that Douglass wrote in 1846 for the second Irish edition; a public exchange of letters between A. C. C. Thompson, a former slaveholder, and Douglass; three autobiographical portraits of Douglass's parents; Douglass's account of his escape from slavery, which he chose not to include in the 1845 Narrative; samples of Douglass's use of his slave experience in two of his most influential antislavery speeches; and reminiscences by James Monroe Gregory and Elizabeth Cady Stanton of Douglass as both orator and friend. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 6-8 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (2nd Edition)

by William L. Andrews Henry Louis Gates Arnold Rampersad Frances Smith Foster Houston A. Baker Hortense Spillers Nellie Y. Mckay Deborah E. Mcdowell Robert G. O'Meally Cheryl A. Wall Nellie Mckay

This anthology presents selections from African American literature beginning with the spirituals and folktales of the oral tradition and continuing through the writings of contemporary authors such as Jamaica Kincaid and Colson Whitehead. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

The Portable Charles W. Chesnutt

by Charles W. Chesnutt William L. Andrews Henry Louis Gates

Collections from two of our most influential African American writers?under the general editorship of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. An icon of nineteenth-century American fiction, Charles W. Chesnutt?an incisive storyteller of the aftermath of slavery in the South?is widely credited with almost single-handedly inaugurating the African American short story tradition and was the first African American novelist to achieve national critical acclaim. This major addition to Penguin Classics features an ideal sampling of his work: twelve short stories (including conjure tales and protest fiction), three essays, and the novel The Marrow of Tradition. Published here for the 150th anniversary of Chesnutt?s birth, The Portable Charles W. Chesnutt will bring to a new audience the genius of a man whose legacy underlies key trends in modern black fiction.

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