A tie-in edition of this eloquent and powerful memoir, to accompany the major new film starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.
About the Author
Solomon Northup was kidnapped into slavery in Washington, D.C. in 1841. Shortly after his escape, he published his memoirs to great acclaim and brought legal action against his abductors, though they were never persecuted. The details of his life thereafter are unknown, but he is believed to have died in Glen Falls, NY, around 1863.
I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank's diary, only published nearly a hundred years before -- Steve McQueen A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's "many thousands gone" who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation Saturday Review
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 2nd January 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 19.9
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Media tie-in