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Anna Deavere Smith

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  • The Bondwoman's Narrative | Hannah Crafts,edited by Henry Louis Gates

    The Bondwoman's Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hannah Crafts, edited by Henry Louis Gates
    • Narrated By Anna Deavere Smith
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    An unprecedented historical and literary event, this tale written in the 1850s is the only known novel by a female African American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere. A work recently uncovered by renowned scholar and professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is a stirring tale of "passing" and the adventures of a young slave as she makes her way to freedom.

    Hilary says: "Poor reading of an important book"
  • Letters to a Young Artist | Anna Deavere Smith

    Letters to a Young Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anna Deavere Smith
    • Narrated By Anna Deavere Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From "the most exciting individual in American theater" (Newsweek), here is Anna Deavere Smith's brass-tacks advice to aspiring artists of all stripes. In the manner of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, Deavere Smith mentors her young artist over a period of five years, sharing her hard-won wisdom about the challenges and rewards of the artistic life.

    Taj says: "Heartening and a joy!"
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