Olaudah Equiano


The Life of Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)

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The Narrative of Olaudah Equiano

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Primary Sources

There are several editions of Equiano’s narrative. A scholarly edition is this one: 

    • Equiano, Olaudah, and Werner Sollors. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African : An Authoritative Text. New York: Norton, 2000.

An online edition accessible for free is this one:

    • Olaudah Equiano. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself. 2 Vols. London: Olaudah Equiano, 1789. Documenting the American South (DocSouth). Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina, 2001. Vol. 1: Equiano_Narrative_1. Vol. 2: Equiano_Narrative_2

Selected Research Literature

    • Carretta, Vincent. Equiano, the African : Biography of a Self-Made Man. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2005.
    • Carretta, Vincent, and Philip Gould. Genius in Bondage: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001.
    • Hanley, Ryan. Beyond Slavery and Abolition: Black British Writing, c. 1770-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
    • Moten, Fred. Stolen Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.
    • Radcliffe, Kendahl, et al., eds. Anywhere but Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015. 
    • Wheelock, Stefan M. Barbaric Culture and Black Critique: Black Antislavery Writers, Religion, and the Slaveholding Atlantic. University of Virginia Press, 2016.
    • Zafar, Rafia. We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Note: As there are numerous research articles and chapters published on Eqianop and his narrative, only a selection of relevant books is listed here.



General Interest and Educational Sources


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