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Classic American Autobiographies
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The true diversity of the American experience comes to life in this superlative collection.
A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682), perhaps the first American bestseller, recounts this thirty-nine-year-old womans harrowing months as the captive of Narragansett Indians.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (17711789), the most famous of all American autobiographies, gives a lively portrait of a chandlers son who became a scientist, inventor, educator, diplomat, humorist—and a Founding Father of this land.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), the gripping slave narrative that helped change the course of American history, reveals the true nature of the black experience in slavery.
Old Times on the Mississippi (1875), Mark Twains unforgettable account of a riverboat pilots life, established his signature style and shows us the metamorphosis of a man into a writer.
Four Autobiographical Narratives (19001902), published in the Atlantic Monthly by Zitkala-Sa (Red Bird), also known as Gertrude Bonnin, provide us with a voice too seldom heard: a Native American woman fighting for her culture in the white mans world.
Edited and with an Introduction by William L. Andrews and a New Afterword
The true diversity of the American experience comes to life in this superlative collection that includes autobiographies of Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, and Frederick Douglass, with an Introduction by the editor.
Includes: A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Old Times on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, and Four Autobiographical Narratives of Zitkala-Sa.
About the Author
William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of To Tell a Free Story and editor or coeditor of more than thirty books on African American literature.
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