Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Staff Pick

An essential text of 19th century America, Harriet Jacobs's telling of her own life story is at once lovely, gripping, and hard to read--lovely, because her prose is simple, pure, and clear; gripping, because her lifelong quest to free herself from bondage is so compelling; and hard to read, because she unflinchingly depicts the cruelty and heartlessness of the world into which she was born.  Harriet seeks her freedom from the day she understands what freedom is and persists over many years until she finally achieves it, though at a steep price.  Her observations on the antebellum South are sympathetic, sharp and, because they are on the terms of the ostensibly Christian slaveowners, deeply damning. This is a quietly powerful portrait of a society that has, thankfully, passed away.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself By Harriet Jacobs, Nell Irvin Painter (Editor), Nell Irvin Painter (Introduction by), Nell Irvin Painter (Notes by) Cover Image
By Harriet Jacobs, Nell Irvin Painter (Editor), Nell Irvin Painter (Introduction by), Nell Irvin Painter (Notes by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780140437959
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 1st, 2000