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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.

Costanzo, Angelo, ed. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Literary Texts, 2001. 330

At a recent conference in Idaho, William L. Andrews spoke of the dramatic increase in scholarly concern with the early period of African American literature. A good example is this new edition of Equiano, the key figure of his time, following closely on the publication of James Walvin's excellent biography. Costanzo provides not only the text of the 1789 edition with helpful foot-notes but also a chronology, contemporary reviews, a select bibliography, and carefully chosen commentary on the issue of slavery and the early movement toward abolition by more than two dozen contemporaries of Equiano--English, African, and American. This book will become the text of choice for both scholars and students of the Black Atlantic.
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Publication:African American Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 22, 2001
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