The Most Widely-Read Slavery Narrative 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, [4,
blank] pages. Publisher's full brown cloth, boards double ruled in
blind. Spine perished, boards worn, scuffed and soiled, hinges
cracking, front free endpaper chipped at upper corner, partially
obscuring previous owner's gift inscription, pages 147-154 nearly
detached, text a bit toned and mildly foxed. 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 several years.
Dummond, p. 68. Loggins, p. 228.
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