African's Life, 1745-1797 by James Walvin
The Life and Times of Olaudah Equiano (Black Atlantic)

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Equiano's autobiography, first published in 1789, is probably the most quoted, reprinted and widely published writing by an African before the twentieth century. His words have been extracted and quoted, anthologized and interpreted in dozens of books and articles. More than any single contemporary, Equiano speaks for the fate of millions of Africans in the era of the transatlantic slave trade.Until now, however, no one has written a serious - or even a popular - biographical study of this remarkable man. Few critics doubt the importance of his writing; few historians would deny the significance of his life and times. Scholars have analysed his work from literary and historical angles, but no one has really studied the man himself. This is the first study which attempts to create a rounded portrait of the man behind the literary image, and to study Equiano in the context of Atlantic slavery. It is, at one and the same time, an original portrait of a remarkable African -- who spoke for millions -- and a study of the world of eighteenth-century Atlantic slavery.
 

About James Walvin

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James Walvin taught for many years at the University of York where he is now Professor of History Emeritus. He also held visiting positions in the Caribbean, the U.S.A. and Australia. He won the prestigious Martin Luther King Memorial Prize for his book Black and White, and has published widely on the history of slavery and the slave trade, including more recently Black Ivory and A History of British Slavery. His book The People's Game was a pioneering study of the history of football and remains in print thirty years after its first publication. His latest book, The Trader, The Owner, The Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery, will be published by Random House UK in March 2008.
 
Published June 1, 2000 by Continuum. 340 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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