Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man

Penguin, 2006

A controversial look at the most renowned person of African descent in the eighteenth century. In this widely acclaimed biography, Carretta gives us the authoritative portrait of Olaudah Equiano (c.1745-1797), the former slave whose 1789 autobiography quickly became a popular polemic against the slave trade and a literary classic. Carretta's unprecedented archival research reveals previously unknown details of Equiano's life. A masterpiece of scholarship and writerly poise, this book redefines an extraordinary man and the turbulent age that shaped him.