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ISBN13: 9780143125419
ISBN10: 0143125419
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The official movie tie-in edition to the winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starringand#160;Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, andand#160;Lupita Nyongand#8217;o, and directed by Steve McQueen

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New York Times bestseller

and#147;I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frankand#8217;s Diary, only published nearly a hundred years before. . . . The book blew [my] mind: the epic range, the details, the adventure, the horror, and the humanity. . . . I hope my film can play a part in drawing attention to this important book of courage.and#160;Solomonand#8217;s bravery and life deserve nothing less.and#8221; and#151;Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, from the Foreword

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Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slaveand#160;is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

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After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.

About the Author

Solomon Northup (1808and#150;c. 1863) was a free man kidnapped and forced into slavery in 1851. The details of his life after the publication of his acclaimed memoir are unknown.

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Ira Berlin is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. His many books include The Making of African America and Many Thousands Gone, winner of the Bancroft Prize and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W. E. B Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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lukas, December 9, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
The extraordinary true story that was the inspiration for the best film of the year. Gives a harrowing account of the daily life of slaves. Also see Frederick Douglass's and Olaudah Equiano's narratives. -
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143125419
Author:
Northup, Solomon
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Gates, Henry Louis
Author:
Berlin, IRA
Author:
McQueen, Steve
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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