Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Third Edition   ©2017

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

An American Slave, Written by Himself

David W. Blight (Yale University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-04889-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-04889-1; Format: Paper Text, 208 pages

In this revised edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, David Blight has tightened and revised the introduction to reflect new insights gained from recent research, particularly on how much Douglass  modeled his writing on Biblical rhetoric and stories and the abolitionist’s appearance as a character in many works of contemporary fiction.  Part Three features selected reviews of Douglass’s writings along with his own letters and speeches, with substantial explanatory headnotes to aid students. These documents now include a letter written by Douglass to William Lloyd Garrison upon his arrival in the British Isles in 1845, just after publication of the Narrative, the first of many such public letters through which the author and orator revealed how his autobiography was received as well as how he was himself undergoing a personal transformation.   This volume features updated versions of the pedagogical student aids from prior editions, such as the chronology of Frederick Douglass’s life, questions for consideration, illustrations, selected bibliography, and index.