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Review of a Recent Print Edition of Hughes's Autobiography

From: Publishers Weekly, October 14, 2002.


Thirty Years a Slave, by Louis Hughes, is now available in a new reprint edition from NewSouth Books, with a foreword by William L. Andrews.

In this absorbing account, first published in 1897, Hughes describes mundane yet evocative pieces of everyday life...and astonishing events like his numerous attempts to escape bondage and his subsequent recapture. He writes with subtlety about his 'masters' hypocrisy... Reflective moments like this make the re-publication of this memoir very welcome.

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