An author’s identity

Published: September 19, 2013

A historian has uncovered the probable identity of “Hannah Crafts” – an escaped slave whose fictionalized account of her life, “The Bondwoman’s Narrative,” is the first known novel written by an African-American woman. Read the fascinating story of the book – discovered in 2001 – and the search for its author, in the New York Times.

Title page image from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

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