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African American Women Writers

Hannah Crafts is the pseudonym of Hannah Bond (c. 1830-?), an American novelist known for the fictionalized slave autobiography The Bondwoman's Narrative. The text, which is believed to have been written in the 1850s, was virtually unknown until early in the twenty-first century, when it was rediscovered by scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., (1950-) and published. It is possible that the book is the earliest known novel written by an African-American woman. Since its publication, the book has been the subject of extensive speculation and scholarship from commentators eager to know more about Crafts and her life.

Genre: Life Stories

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By Hannah Crafts

About The Bondwoman's Narrative