Though these selections come from a range of genres (verse, memoir, historical, and personal narrative), they are all, fundamentally, stories of strength and survival. Frederick Douglassâs frank narrative of escape from slavery and Paul Laurence Dunbarâs classic verse take their place beside lesser-known works like Nat Loveâs stirring account of life as a black cowboy, Ida B. Wellsâs haunting descriptions of lynchings, and the crisp, compelling adventures of Olaudah Equiano. Wideman prefaces each selection with an illuminating biographical essay.
The fruit of a lifetimeâs devotion to the best American writing, My Soul Has Grown Deep will stand as an enduring monument to the depth and beauty of African-American literature.
About: Contains brief biographical sketches and well-known and obscure works by African American authors from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, including Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Ida B.
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