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Clotel, or, The president's daughter

Author: William Wells Brown; M Giulia Fabi
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [2004]
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At a slave auction, a beautiful teenage girl, her sister, and her mother are sold as William Wells Brown's 1853 novel Clotel begins. In making his title character the daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Brown takes advantage of a scandalous and - until recently - unconfirmed rumor. Clotel's new owner falls in love with her, gets her pregnant, seems to promise marriage - then sells her. A fast-paced and harrowing tale of
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Wells Brown; M Giulia Fabi
ISBN: 0142437727 9780142437728
OCLC Number: 52765888
Description: xxxii, 285 p. ; 20 cm.
Other Titles: Clotel
Clotel
President's daughter
Responsibility: William Wells Brown ; edited with an introduction and notes by M. Giulia Fabi.
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"At a slave auction, a beautiful teenage girl, her sister, and her mother are sold as William Wells Brown's 1853 novel Clotel begins. In making his title character the daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Brown takes advantage of a scandalous and - until recently - unconfirmed rumor. Clotel's new owner falls in love with her, gets her pregnant, seems to promise marriage - then sells her. A fast-paced and harrowing tale of slavery and freedom, and of the hypocrisies of a nation founded on democratic principles, Clotel is more than a sensationalist novel. It is a founding text of the African American novelistic tradition, a brilliantly composed and richly detailed exploration of human relations in a new world.".

"This edition includes the various endings Brown created for the different versions of Clotel; his narrative of his own "Life and Escape"; an introduction that discusses the author's pioneering portrayal of slave culture and the complexity of racial and gender boundaries; and explanatory notes."--BOOK JACKET.

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