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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

By Harriet Jacobs & Farah Jasmine Griffin (Introduction by)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 28, 2005
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593082835  
EAN  9781593082833  


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"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," by Harriet Jacobs, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics"
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
  • All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. In what has become a landmark of American history and literature, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" recounts the incredible but true story of Harriet Jacobs, born a slave in North Carolina in 1813. Her tale gains its importance from her descriptions, in great and painful detail, of the sexual exploitation that daily haunted her life--and the life of every other black female slave.
    As a child, Harriet Jacobs remained blissfully unaware that she was a slave until the deaths of both her mother and a benevolent mistress exposed her to a sexually predatory master, Dr. Flint. Determined to escape, she spends seven years hidden away in a garret in her grandmother's house, three feet high at its tallest point, with almost no air or light, and with only glimpses of her children to sustain her courage. In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, she finally wins her battle for freedom by escaping to the North in 1842.
    A powerful, unflinching portrayal of the brutality of slave life, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" stands alongside Frederick Douglass's classic autobiographies as one of the most significant slave narratives ever written.
    Farah Jasmine Griffin is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies at Columbia University in New York City.

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    Reviews - What do our customers think?
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl  Oct 16, 2008
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: This book is diffficult to read because of the horrible reminders of
    the wretched life of American slaves. The book is so
    well written, beautiful prose, detailed descriptions
    of rememberances that I am sure were difficult to
    relive. I highly recommend this wonderful book to any
    one.
     
    Compelling Account, Easily Read  Oct 13, 2008
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl / 0-674-44746-8

    It is amusing to note that Jacobs' autobiography was published just prior to Stowe's famous Uncle Tom's Cabin. Stowe's work, for all it's virtues, is (to modern eyes, at least) painfully didactic, frequently breaking the narrative to tell the reader what they are meant to take from a scene. Jacobs' Incidents, however, is written freely and easily, relating the salient points of her life, rarely breaking narrative to tell the reader what to think. It is merely presented, as is, and is immensely more readable than other contemporary works. Unfortunately, Jacobs' work was passed over as too salacious - she actually includes men in her novel, and not all her encounters are strictly 'forced', in the sense that some liaisons are contracted for convenience and safety, if not always for love.

    Amusingly, these "flaws" in Jacobs' character make her narrative that more interesting and insightful to read. It is relevant and worth knowing that slaves sometimes felt obligated to please certain men in order to secure safety or basic necessities. Jacobs determination to survive and thrive within the system that oppresses her causes us to admire her and to enjoy her narrative as we hope for some kind of happiness and success in her life of few options, none of them good. If you have any interest at all in slavery or the American Civil War, I highly recommend this narrative.
     
    Unexpected  Oct 2, 2008
    I had no idea that this book would be as compelling as it was. Really, it was a bit of a pleasant surprise. I bought it because it was required reading for a class, but ended up liking it... Who knew?
     
    Unexpected turn of events  Aug 12, 2008
    It's obvious the difficulty slaves endured. Ironic, but she endures a great deal more than most. How her story ends is not predictable.
     
    Dover Edition  Apr 17, 2008
    Concerning this edition (the book is a must read)... Dover's thrift editions are just that--thrifty. The text is close together and the overall readability of the edition is fair. It works, but I'd like to see Oxford or Penguin make a "classic" edition with a scholary introduction, footnoting and contextual information like 19th century reviews, etc... A good edition, needs improvement, but then it wouldn't have a "thrifty" price!
     

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