"Though neglected and a slave, I felt the immortal longings in me."
Though published in 2002, this is a rediscovered manuscript of enormous historical and literary interest. Turning up at an auction and probably written in the 1850s, this is thought to be the first novel written by a female slave. Harvard scholar/writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. oversaw its publication and contributes an introduction and notes. Like many 19th century American novels (such as "Uncle Tom's Cabin"), it has some sentimental and melodramatic aspects, but this is a fascinating look into the mind and emotions of 19th century slave. Other slave narratives worth checking out: "12 Years a Slave," Frederick Douglass's book, and Harriet Jacobs's narrative.
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