Equiano, the African

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

EquianoSailor, adventurer, entrepreneur, author, Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745-97) was many things.  He went from being a slave, to being a slave-trader, and untilmately, to being an anti-slave-trade partisan.  The most authoritative biography of Equiano ever written, this fascinating book brings to vivid life the man whose sensational autobiography, published in 1789, struck a blow for freedom, became a literary classic, and made its author the most famous man of African descent in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.

Based on unprecedented research and full of surprising revelations, this book redefines an extraordinary figure and the turbulent, colorful age that shaped him.


Vincent Carretta, a professor of English at the University of Maryland, has edited scholarly editions of the works of Equiano and of Equiano's contemporaries Ignatius Sancho, Ottobah Cugoano, and Phillis Wheatley.