Harriet E. Wilson

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS, p. 629, Yolanda Page, ed., Greenwood Press, 2007

7 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2011

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Katie Rose Guest Pryal

University of North Carolina School of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Very little is known about the life of Harriet E. Wilson, the first African American female novelist and author of Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black. After its first printing in 1859, the novel and its author disappeared from American literary consciousness. In 1983, Henry Louis Gates reintroduced Wilson and her text to American readers. Three letters included in the original appendix of Our Nig provide some biographical details about Wilson. The text of Our Nig can also be mined for information on Wilson. However, scholars emphasize that the novel cannot be read as purely autobiographical.

Keywords: Harriet E. Wilson, African American writer, novelist, slavery, Our Nig

Suggested Citation

Pryal, Katie Rose Guest, Harriet E. Wilson (2007). ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS, p. 629, Yolanda Page, ed., Greenwood Press, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1882384

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