Title Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Norton Critical Edition), 2/e
Author Harriet Jacobs, Frances Smith Foster , Richard Yarborough
ISBN 9780393614565
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 386
Book size 134 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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“Accompanied by historical photographs, public statements, and correspondence, and by a well-selected sampling of modern criticism, this Norton Critical Edition will stimulate many classroom discussions in years to come.”
Werner Sollors, Harvard University 


“This new edition includes an array of reviews and correspondence along with a fresh and diverse set of scholarly critiques that will help students and instructors understand this remarkable autobiography.”
Bryan Sinche, University of Hartford


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The first edition (1861), with the editors’ explanatory annotations, introduction, and glossary of the people of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
  • Three illustrations.
  • Key public statements by Harriet Jacobs, William C. Nell, the Reverend Francis J. Grimke, and others.
  • A rich selection of correspondence by Harriet Jacobs, Lydia Maria Child, and John Greenleaf Whittier, suggesting Incidents’s initial reception.
  • Ten major critical essays, six of them new to the Second Edition.
  • A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography.


About the Series

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Harriet Jacobs
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Who’s Who in Incidents

The Text of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs • Letter from a Fugitive Slave. Slaves Sold under Peculiar Circumstances (1853)
Harriet Jacobs • Cruelty to Slaves (1853)
William C. Nell • Linda, the Slave Girl (1861)
Anonymous • From the Anti-Slavery Bugle (1861)
Anonymous • From Our Boston Correspondence Confessions from Boston by an Ordinary Man (1861)
Anonymous • Literature (1862)
Harriet Jacobs • Life among the Contrabands (1862)
Anonymous • School at Alexandria (1865)
Anonymous • A Milestone of Progress (1865)
The Reverend Francis J. Grimké • Eulogy for Harriet Jacobs (1897)
Harriet Jacobs • To Amy Post (June 25, 1853) • To Amy Post (October 9, 1853) • To Amy Post (March 1854) • To Amy Post (June 21, 1857)
Lydia Maria Child • To Harriet Jacobs (August 13, 1860) • To Harriet Jacobs (September 27, 1860)
Harriet Jacobs • To Amy Post (June 18, 1861)
John Greenleaf Whittier • To Lydia Maria Child (April 1, 1861)
Lydia Maria Child • To John Greenleaf Whittier (April 4, 1861)
Harriet Jacobs • To J. Sella Martin (April 13, 1863)

Jean Fagan Yellin • Written by Herself: Harriet Jacobs’ Slave Narrative
Valerie Smith • From Form and Ideology in Three Slave Narratives
John Ernest • From Reading the Fragments in the Fields of History: Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Frances Smith Foster • Resisting Incidents
Sandra Gunning • Reading and Redemption in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Mark Rifkin • From “A Home Made Sacred by Protecting Laws”: Black Activist Homemaking and Geographies of Citizenship in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
P. Gabrielle Foreman • From The Politics of Sex and Representation in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Katja Kanzler • From “To Tell the Kitchen Version”: Architectural Figurations of Race and Gender in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Samantha M. Sommers • From Harriet Jacobs and the Recirculation of Print Culture
William L. Andrews • From Class and Class Awareness in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

About the Author:

Harriet Jacobs was born in Edenton, North Carolina, in 1813, to slave parents. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the first full-length narrative written by a former slave woman in America, is a record of events and experiences of slavery seen through the eyes of the young Harriet during the years she lived in captivity in Edenton, through her escape, when she becomes a fugitive in the North at age twenty-nine, and concluding soon after a northern white friend buys her freedom in 1852.

About the Editor:

Frances Smith Foster (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego), Editor, The Literature of the Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance; Co-Editor, The Literature of Slavery and Freedom. Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Emory University. Author of “Til Death or Distance Do Us Part”: Love and Marriage in African America; Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746–1892; and Witnessing Slavery: The Development of the Antebellum Slave Narrative. Co-editor of the Oxford Companion to African American Literature and Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Editor of several works, including Love and Marriage in Early African America; Minnie’s Sacrifice, Sowing and Reaping, Trial and Triumph: Three Rediscovered Novels by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper; Elizabeth Keckley’s Behind the Scenes; and the Norton Critical Edition of Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature.


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