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Clotelle: A Tale of the Southern States

by W.W. Brown
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Boston, Mass. : James Redpath, Publisher ; New York, N.Y. : H. Dexter, Hamilton & Co., 1864 (Boston : Press of Geo. G. Rand & Avery)
Uniform Title
Variant Title
Clotel, or The President's daughter
Clotelle, or The Colored heroine
Redpath's Books for the camp fires
104 p. : ill. ; 16 cm.
  • First American edition of the first novel by an African American.
  • Originally published in England in 1853 under title: Clotel; or, The president's daughter.
  • A novel based on 'the rumor which William Lloyd Garrison was spreading in his press to the effect that Thomas Jefferson's alleged 'slave-daughter' had lately been sold for $1000 on the New Orleans market." In the American edition, an anonymous senator, rather than Jefferson, was portrayed as the father. Cf. William Wells Brown and Clotelle / J.N. Heermance, p. 193-194.
  • "Note. The author of the foregoing tale was formerly a Kentucky slave. If it serves to relieve the monotony of camp-life to the soldiers of the Union, and therefore of Liberty, and at the same time kindles their zeal in the cause of universal emancipation, the object both of its author and publisher will be gained. J.R." -- p. 104.
  • Published in 1867 under title: Clotelle; or, The Colored heroine. A tale of the Southern States.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Original printed green wrappers. Clifton Waller Barrett Library, William Wells Brown Collection, President's Fund and the Associates Endowment Fund, 2000/2001.
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