Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man

Vincent Carretta


Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man

Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man

  • Title: Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man
  • Author: Vincent Carretta
  • ISBN: 9780143038429
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback



A controversial look at the most renowned person of African descent in the eighteenth century In this widely aclaimed biography, historian Vincent Carretta gives us the authoritative portrait of Olaudah Equiano c.1745 1797 , the former slave whose 1789 autobiography quickly became a popular polemic against the slave trade and a literary classic Sailor, entrepreneur, andA controversial look at the most renowned person of African descent in the eighteenth century In this widely aclaimed biography, historian Vincent Carretta gives us the authoritative portrait of Olaudah Equiano c.1745 1797 , the former slave whose 1789 autobiography quickly became a popular polemic against the slave trade and a literary classic Sailor, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Equiano is revealed here as never before, thanks to archival research on an unprecedented scale some of which even indicates that Equiano may have lied about his origins to advance the antibondage struggle with which he became famously identified A masterpiece of scholarship and writerly poise, this book redefines an extraordinary man and the turbulent age that shaped him.


Recent Comments "Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man"

I'm speaking on an upcoming Equiano panel that in part responds to this book, so when I saw it on sale at MLA, I decided to get it. What is fabulous about Carretta's book is that he showcases Equiano's talents as a writer. It's been disturbing me how _The Narrative_ will be included in U.S. and U.K. Lit. anthologies, but only the chapters on Africa and the Middle Passage. For me, the best part of these chapters is the way Equiano artfully shapes the readers' perspectives and inverts conventional [...]

"Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man by Vincent Carretta (2007)"

This is a very interesting book.

Strong, if controversial thesis. Many excellent points, but interminable in style.

Biog E648c 2006

Brilliant research, but it is a tedious book to get through. I actually started reading this book 2 years ago in Africa, and it has taken me that long to plod through it.


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