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    An Important Slave Narrative and
    the First Written by a Woman

    [Slavery]. [L. Maria Child, editor]. [Linda Brent - pseudonym of Harriet Jacobs]. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself. Edited by L. Maria Child. Boston: Published for the Author, 1861. First edition. Octavo. 306 pages. Publisher's full brown cloth, boards double ruled in blind. Binding heavily worn and soiled, rear hinge cracked, front free endpaper torn, printed poem affixed to front pastedown, text worn, creased, soiled and foxed. Text somewhat shaken. Page 23 torn at top (affecting text but with no loss). Skewed. Previous owner's pencil signature on first blank. Still, a fair copy of an important slavery narrative.
    Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) wrote one of the most readable slave narratives with the editorial assistance of Lydia Child. Jacobs was the first female slave to write her memoirs. It is a thoughtful exposition on nineteenth-century morality and how it relates to women and their sexual freedom (namely, the forced relations endured by enslaved women). Some passages were so shocking to readers of the time, that this book was considered fiction for many years. Dummond, p. 68. Loggins, p. 228.


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