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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano's autobiography challenged minds and hearts in the late 1700s. The first autobiography ever written by a former slave, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is one of the most well-recognized slave-narratives. It was first published in 1789 and gained notoriety as a mechanism for the abolitionist movement in England in 1807. In his work, Equiano illuminates the life of himself as a slave and then a freed man, ultimately becoming a respected politician and philosopher.

©2017 Bassett Publishing (P)2017 Bassett Publishing

Narrator: Jeff Moon
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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Volume 1 of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

Summary

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano was one of the first widely-read slave narratives. Eight editions were printed during the author's lifetime, and it was translated into Dutch and German. The narrative appears in a variety of styles and describes Equiano's time spent in enslavement, documenting his attempts at becoming an independent man through his study of the Bible, and his eventual success in gaining his own freedom.

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
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Cover art for The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

Summary

First published in 1789, this autobiography of Olaudah Equiano comprises a variety of styles, such as a slavery narrative, travel tale, and spiritual journey. It recounts Equiano's time as a slave, and chronicles his attempts at becoming an independent man through his study of the Bible, and his eventual success in gaining his freedom.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano was born in Eboe in 1745 and lived among his family and culture until he was kidnapped later, which began a chain of being sold and moved around Africa, to Barbados, and eventually to England, where he served a man as a crewmate on a ship. From there, Equiano was transferred between many owners but was constantly seeking any advantages that would get him closer to buying his own freedom. Equiano’s story, by his own admission, was not one that was particularly different from those of other slaves from his place and time; however, he wanted to recount his story as a way to aid others who were living similar lives and provide inspiration for those hoping to eventually purchase freedom themselves. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano was widely read at the time of publication in 1789 and became one of the formative works of slavery narrative nonfiction from the time.

Public Domain (P)2021 InAudio

Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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Slave Narratives Mega Collection: 18 of the Most Moving & Telling Memoirs

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This collection contains: Twelve Years a Slave, Up from Slavery, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, The Life of an American Slave (Fifty Years in Chains), The Experience of Rev. Thomas H. Jones, Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, a Native African and a Slave, From Log Cabin to the Pulpit, or, Fifteen Years in Slavery, Thirty Years a Slave, Behind the Scenes: or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House, The Life of Josiah Henson, The Kidnapped and the Ransomed: Being the Personal Recollections of Peter Still and His Wife "Vina" After Forty Years of Slavery, Memoir of Pierre Toussaint, The Life, History, and Unparalleled Sufferings of John Jea, the African Preacher, Africa for Christ: Twenty-Eight Years a Slave, and The Narrative of Bethany Veney, a Slave Woman. The slave narrative is a literary genre involving the autobiographical accounts of enslaved Africans. A slave narrative gives an account of the life, or a portion of the life, of a fugitive or former slave. It could be written or orally related by the slave personally. More than 6,000 such narratives are estimated to exist; the overwhelming majority of American slave narratives were authored by African Americans. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

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