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The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 25 May 2000

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140437495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140437492
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Prince (1788-1826) was born a slave in Bermuda. In 1815 she was sold to John Wood and taken to Antigua. Here she met Daniel James, a freeman, whom she married in 1826. In 1828, Prince was taken to England and claiming that the Woods had mistreated her she was allowed, under English law, to exercise her right to freedom and found employment as a domestic servant. Her story was published in 1831 and led to two libel trials.
Sara Salih is Assistant Professor in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Judith Butler (Routledge 2002), and the editor, with Judith Butler, of The Judith Butler Reader (Blackwell, 2004). She is currently working on a book about representations of 'brown' women in England and Jamaica from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Sara Salih is lecturer in English at Wadham College, Oxford.


Sara Salih is Assistant Professor in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Judith Butler (Routledge 2002), and the editor, with Judith Butler, of The Judith Butler Reader (Blackwell, 2004). She is currently working on a book about representations of 'brown' women in England and Jamaica from the eighteenth century to the present day.


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By T. May VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
based on the first edition (1993)
I recommend this to all interested in slavery/abolition, colonialism and victorian studies. Moira Ferguson's introduction is a fantastic piece of criticism and scholarship with some excellent references - many of which I intend to follow-up. Mary Prince's story provides a very interesting human view of slavery and a rare female view. Of note to me were the primary sources, especially the many letters of the protagonists on both sides of debate and struggle.
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This book tells it like it was. However as the original story was told in order to aid the anti-slavery movement, Mary Prince does not give her personal feelings on her story, or how her experiences affected her. It is nevertheless a harrowing account of slavery and gives a human face to the nameless masses of slaves. The book is not worth the price, as the story itself is too short.
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This was the next title on my reading group's list and was not a book I was looking forward to reading. However, I'm glad that I did. Although it is a book that the author was encouraged to write by those opposing slavery - and thus is guided in a certain direction and has some omissions in the life of its author - it still lives on a a vital testament to just how gross the slave trade was. Makes you think about the slave trade that still exists today.
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Once you start to read this you can't stop until the end, although I felt so sickened by one story in it that I could hardly read it for wincing. It can be read, complete, in an hour. A shocking insight into the slave trade and into 18th century life in the colonies. This book includes the court case against Mary Prince, great for essay writing.
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Good insight into a family born into slavery and how difficult it was to lead any kind of life, it was just an existance. Only one let down was the continuous reference checks to be made during reading,this may have been easier if the references were on the following page of the text. It certainly gave you information which would not have been made even during school History lessons. Well worth the read.
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