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(eng) Do not combine Harriette Wilson with Harriett E. Wilson. They are different authors.

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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume 1 (1990) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions257 exemplars
Three Classic African-American Novels (1990) — Col·laborador — 86 exemplars
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor (1997) — Col·laborador — 78 exemplars
The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers (2017) — Col·laborador — 65 exemplars
The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams (1998) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars


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Data de naixement
c. 1828
Data de defunció
c. 1863
Lloc d'enterrament
Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
USA (birth)
País (per posar en el mapa)
Lloc de naixement
Milford, New Hampshire, USA
Lloc de defunció
Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
enslaved domestic servant
Biografia breu
Harriet E. Wilson is traditionally considered the first female African-American novelist as well as the first African American of any gender to publish a novel on the North American continent. Her novel Our Nig was published in 1859 and rediscovered in 1982.
Nota de desambiguació
Do not combine Harriette Wilson with Harriett E. Wilson. They are different authors.



All to often we forget what “free” really means.”
JimandMary69 | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Sep 2, 2023 |
I don't know that I would have gotten around to reading this had I not seen it included on the Zora Canon, but I am glad that I did. I especially appreciate this edition with its lengthy introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and all it does to contextualize this work within both the history of race in America and also literary conventions.

Unsurprisingly (I would hope), this book is not a fun hang. Frado, the main character, may be a free Black person, in that she is not a slave, but she is still trapped by her poverty, lack of family, and the prevailing racism of the time. (Yes, even in the North.) Yet the very existence of the book -- quite possibly the first work of fiction published by a Black woman -- almost certainly autobiographical, but reshaped in the form of the sentimental fiction of the period (yet deviating from that form in significant ways) is remarkable. Give Wilson's stated intent in publishing -- to raise money to support herself and her child -- this book could have thrown fewer punches at her most monied possible audience -- white abolitionists, but she does not hesitate to hold up a mirror to the racism, hypocrisy, and ignorance of many (most?) white abolitionists in pre-Civil War America.

A marvel of its time, and still depressingly relevant today.
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greeniezona | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Sep 25, 2022 |
I found the first few chapters hard to read or get into. Once Frada is with the Belmonts the tone of the text changes slightly or maybe I was just more into it.
I like this book, surprisingly. I was a bit worried in the beginning that the novel would follow the 'tragic mulatto' trope and while there are certainly elements of tragedy, Wilson seems to agree with me that blackness is a zero sum game. Mixed race isn't really a viable category for the purposes in which 'race' is used. The entire purpose of 'race' being to separate and elevate whites, everyone else is in effect a 'nigger'.
Love the feminist indictment of both black patriarchy and white abolitionism. Powerful condemnation of the abolitionist movement. Abolitionists were usually supporters of racism, just not slavery.
Fairly powerful condemnation of Christianity as basically for white folks, which I think is still valid. I've never understood the adoption of the religion of those that enslaved your ancestors by the Diaspora.
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LoisSusan | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Dec 10, 2020 |
What it says on the box. An autobiographical novel, telling the early lifestory of Alfrado/Frado/"Nig", abandoned by her white mother and black father to a family where she was raised as an indentured servant. There's Free and then there's free. As a child, Frado can only dream of being taken to live with the son who most sympathises with her (and indeed would take her if he weren't so ill); she isn't free to attend church or even to openly read the Bible she's been given; it's not until she's eighteen that she can even begin to choose where to live and work, and even this hardly guarantees a comfortable life.

Available from Project Gutenberg.
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zeborah | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Jun 5, 2013 |



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