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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--NARRATIVES.) [JACOBS, HARRIET]. Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl, Written by Herself. Edited by Lydia Maria Child. 306 pages. 8vo, recently rebound in 19th century style black morocco-backed marbled paper-covered boards; spine with 5 raised bands, title in gilt in two panels; some foxing throughout. Boston: For the Author, 1861
the first edition of the most widely read woman's slave narrative. For many years this book was thought to be just another fictional slave narrative, something between an abolitionist narrative and a novel, better than most, but written by Lydia Maria Child, one of the most widely read women authors of the 19th century. However, through years of exhaustive research by professor Jean Fagan Yellin ("Harriet Jacobs, a Life," Basic Civitas, 2004), Harriet Jacobs, has emerged as a very real person, born in Chowan County North Carolina in 1813. After an extraordinary life, Harriet Jacobs died in Washington D.C. in 1897. Afro Americana, 5191.