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Clotel : Or, the President's Daughter
by William Wells Brown and M. Giulia Fabi


Overview - First published in December 1853, Clotel was written amid then unconfirmed rumors that Thomas Jefferson had fathered children with one of his slaves. The story begins with the auction of his mistress, here called Currer, and their two daughters, Clotel and Althesa.  Read more...

 
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More About Clotel by William Wells Brown; M. Giulia Fabi
 
 
 
Overview
First published in December 1853, Clotel was written amid then unconfirmed rumors that Thomas Jefferson had fathered children with one of his slaves. The story begins with the auction of his mistress, here called Currer, and their two daughters, Clotel and Althesa. The Virginian who buys Clotel falls in love with her, gets her pregnant, seems to promise marriage--then sells her. Escaping from the slave dealer, Clotel returns to Virginia disguised as a white man in order to rescue her daughter, Mary, a slave in her father's house. A fast-paced and harrowing tale of slavery and freedom, 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 in which race is a cultural construct.
  • First time in Penguin Classics
  • Published in time for African-American History Month
  • Includes appendices that show the different endings Brown created for the various later versions of Clotel, along with the author's narrative of his "Life and Escape," Introduction, suggested readings, and comprehensive explanatory notes

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780142437728
  • ISBN-10: 0142437727
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: January 2004
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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