Olaudah Equiano: Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself (2159 words)

  • Joshua Grasso (East Central University )
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First published in 1789, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano became a lynchpin for the abolitionist cause, as it was a gripping account of slavery written by one who had experienced its horrors first-hand. The book immediately went into a second edition, and thereafter a new edition appeared every year (including two in 1793) until the ninth. Ostensibly the story of one Gustavus Vassa, an African noble abducted into slavery, and his long, eventful career to freedom, it is also a spiritual autobiography along the lines of Robinson Crusoe, telling how the ‘fortunate fall’ of slavery can lead to spiritual riches—and a small fortune to boot. Though questions of authenticity and …



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Grasso, Joshua. "Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 October 2017
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