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Published: 29 November 1990

352 Pages

4-5/8 x 6-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780195066708

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs
Introduction by Valerie Smith

The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) is one of the few existing slave narratives written by a woman. It offers a unique perspective on the complex plight of the black woman as slave and as writer. In a story that merges the conventions of the slave narrative with the techniques of the sentimental novel, Harriet Jacobs describes her efforts to fight off the advances of her master, her eventual liaison with another white man (the father of two of her children), and her ultimately successful struggle for freedom.