Harriet Wilson's New England: Race, Writing and Region

Title

Harriet Wilson's New England: Race, Writing and Region

Files

Document Type

Book

Description

In the mid-nineteenth century, Harriet E. Wilson, an enterprising woman of mixed racial heritage, wrote an autobiographical novel describing the abuse and servitude endured by a young black girl in the supposedly free North. Originally published in Boston in 1859 and "lost" until its 1983 republication by noted scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Our Nig; or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, is generally considered the first work of fiction written by an African American woman published in the United States.

ISBN

9781584656418

Publication Date

2007

Publisher

University of New Hampshire Press

City

Durham, N.H.

Keywords

Wilson, Harriet E., 1825-1900 -- Criticism and interpretation, African American women authors, Race in literature, New England -- In literature

Disciplines

African American Studies | American Literature | Literature in English, North America