Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson
or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black (Vintage)

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With a New Preface, Introduction, and Notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
New Afterword by Barbara White

A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and tribulations of Frado, a mulatto girl abandoned by her white mother after the death of the child's black father, who grows up as an indentured servant to a white family in nineteenth-century Massachusetts.

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About Harriet E. Wilson

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. The author of seven previous books, including the widely acclaimed memoir Colored People, Professor Gates has also edited several anthologies and is coeditor with Kwame Anthony Appiah of Encarta Africana, an encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. An influential cultural critic, he is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and other publications and is the recipient of many honors, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the National Humanities Medal.Richard J. Ellis is Professor and Chair of the American and Canadian Studies Department at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He has published widely on American studies topics. His two most recent monographs are Liar! Liar!-Jack Kerouac Novelist (1999) and Harriet Wilson's Our Nig: A Cultural Biography (2003). He is the editor of Comparative American Studies: An International Journal and currently serves on the ASA's International Committee.
Published December 20, 2011 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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