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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl | [Harriet Jacobs]

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography, written under the pseudonym Linda Brent, details her experiences as a slave in North Carolina, her escape to freedom in the north, and her ensuing struggles to free her children. The narrative was partly serialized in the New York Tribune, but was discontinued because Jacobs’ depictions of the sexual abuse of female slaves were considered too shocking. It was published in book form in 1861.
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Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography, written under the pseudonym Linda Brent, details her experiences as a slave in North Carolina, her escape to freedom in the north, and her ensuing struggles to free her children. The narrative was partly serialized in the New York Tribune, but was discontinued because Jacobs’ depictions of the sexual abuse of female slaves were considered too shocking. It was published in book form in 1861.

©1861 Public Domain (P)2012 Cherry Hill Publishing

What the Critics Say

"In such volumes as this, the true romance of American life and history is to be found. Patient suffering, heroic daring, untiring zeal, perseverance seemingly unparalleled, and growth from surroundings of degradation and ignorance to education, refinement, and power: all find in these modest pages their simple, yet affecting narrative. It is the "oft told tale" of American slavery, in another and more revolting phase than that which is generally seen. More revolting because it is of the spirit and not the flesh. In this volume, a woman tells in words of fire, yet never overstepping the bounds of the truest purity, not, how she was scourged and maimed, but that far more terrible sufferings endured by and inflicted upon woman, by a system which legalizes concubinage, and offers a premium to licentiousness. No one can read these pages without a feeling of horror, and a stronger determination arising in them to tear down the cursed system which makes such records possible. Wrath, the fiery messenger which goes flaming from the roused soul and overthrows in its divine fury the accursed tyrannies of earth; will find in these pages new fuel for the fire, and new force for the storm which shall overthrow and sweep from existence American slavery." (Weekly Anglo-African, New York, N.Y., 13 April 1861)

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    Casey Chicago, IL, United States 08-24-13
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    "Awful accent!"
    What disappointed you about Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl?

    I couldn't bare the performer's accent. She didn't seem to know of she was trying to British or southern.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I have no idea. I am returning this title for another version of the book with a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Audio Élan’s performances?

    No


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    Shakayla Dade City, FL, United States 03-31-13
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    "Great book!"
    If you could sum up Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, insightful, disturbing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl?

    When the narrator describes the slave woman who is tied up by her thumbs and whipped to death.


    Have you listened to any of Audio Élan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't. I didn't find her narration very interesting. It actually hurt the story rather than helped it. Eventually I finished the audio book but not without a struggle as I found her voice to be very annoying.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read! Wish the narrator was different. But I loved the story nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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