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Published: 01 January 2016

320 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198709879

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs
Edited by R. J. Ellis

Oxford World's Classics

  • An extraordinary account of her life as a slave, Harriet Jacobs's Incidents describes the horrors of slavery in the American South and her struggle for freedom
  • Incidents is the first slave narrative to highlight the sexual abuse of female slaves
  • Includes the brief memoir by Harriet Jacobs's brother, John S. Jacobs, 'A True Tale of Slavery', and Jacobs's first published writing, two letters written to the New York Tribune
  • The introduction explores Jacobs's use of conventional slave-narrative descriptions and literary styles to reinforce her abolitionist message, and complicate the narrative's status as simple autobiography
  • Full notes provide historical context and identify Jacobs's extensive use of biblical quotation