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Review 'In the first modern published edition of this classic, Andrews and Mason have combined research detective work with lucid writing to reveal a compelling story of the brutality of southern slavery as well as the burdens of free black life in New England. This is a unique work of historical recovery, humanity, and scholarship.'--David W. Blight, Yale University'If you thought you knew the plot of slave narratives, read William Grimes's version of these stories of bondage and freedom, and think again. If you thought that slavery has no relevance today, consider the contributions of Grimes's living descendant, Regina Mason, and the expert editing and commentary of Professor William L. Andrews, internationally renowned expert on African American autobiography. If you think this is a fantastic addition to our understanding of American culture, you are right!'--Frances Smith Foster, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Women's Studies, Emory University'[A] pathbreaking edition...Andrews contributes deep knowledge of antebellum America to the book while Mason, energized by the human passion to discover truths about our complicated ancestries because such truths are essential to our survival, contributes an impressive range of specific historical information about Grimes and the various characters in his life and milieu...The successful collaboration between Andrews and Mason offers a model of how scholars can emerge from the academic fortress to collaborate with nonacademics and engage the world in ways that genuinely matter.' --African American Review Read more About the Author William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English and Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt (1980) and To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865 (1986). He is co-editor of The Oxford Companion to African American Literature (1997) and The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (2003), and general editor of The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1998). Regina E. Mason, Grimes's great-great-great-granddaughter, has spent fifteen years exploring the life and times of autobiographer William Grimes, his wife, their children, and the communities in which they lived. She enjoys genealogy and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Read more