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My Southern Home: The South and Its People (Paperback)
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My Southern Home: The South and Its People (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 07/11/2011
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The culmination of William Wells Brown's long writing career, My Southern Home is the story of Brown's search for a home in a land of slavery and racism. Brown (1814-84), a prolific and celebrated abolitionist and writer often recognized as the first African American novelist for his Clotel (1853), was born enslaved in Kentucky and escaped to Ohio in 1834. In this comprehensive edition, John Ernest acts as a surefooted guide to this seminal work, beginning with a substantial introduction placing Brown's life and work in cultural and historical context. Brown addresses from a post-emancipation vantage point his early experiences and understanding of the world of slavery and describes his travels through many southern states. The text itself is presented in its original form, while Ernest's annotations highlight its layered complexity and document the many instances in which Brown borrows from his own earlier writings and the writings of others to form an underlying dialogue. This edition sheds new light on Brown's literary craft and provides readers with the maps they need to follow Brown on his quest for home in the chaotic social landscape of American southern culture in the final decades of the nineteenth century. |The culmination of William Wells Brown's long writing career, My Southern Home is the story of Brown's search for a home in a land of slavery and racism. In this comprehensive edition, John Ernest acts as a surefooted guide to this seminal work, beginning with a substantial introduction placing Brown's life and work in cultural and historical context.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807872086
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
The book will be valuable in many disciplines. Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, general readers.--Choice


A literary achievement that contributes to a better understanding of the 'peculiar institution' [of slavery].--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians


Invites a deeper appreciation if not a reconsideration of Brown's place in the American literary canon; it should prove to be a valued and welcome volume to historians and literary scholars alike.--West Virginia History

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