Classic American Captivity Narratives (9 vols.)•
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From the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, dramatic accounts of European and American explorers and settlers held captive by pirates, indigenous peoples, and other “uncivilized” groups were published and popularly consumed by Western readers. Often presented as autobiographies, these stories of conflict and hardship—usually concluding with religious redemption—captured the imaginations of generations of colonists. Sometimes of dubious historical credence, these captivity narratives serve more as a valuable witness to Westerners’ conception of their own culture and the construction of “the other” in the collective consciousness.
The Classic American Captivity Narratives collection compiles nine of the most important of these tales. Among them is the genre’s seminal work , A Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings, and Removes of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, the account of a colonial American who was taken prisoner in 1675, during King Philip’s war, and held for 11 weeks. Other works include narratives of the sailor Robert Adams, who was enslaved in North Africa for three years and claimed to have visited Timbuktu, and the Puritan minister John Williams—the uncle of Jonathan Edwards—who was taken captive along with his family by the French allied Mohawk tribe. Students of sociology, history, and literature will appreciate these valuable early American perspectives.
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- Nine archetypal volumes in the captivity-narrative tradition
- Valuable window into early American culture and sociology
- A variety of sixteenth- to nineteenth-century American perspectives
- A Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings, and Removes of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mary Rowlandson
- The Narrative of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
- The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion: The Captivity and Deliverance of Rev. John Williams of Deerfield by John Williams
- A Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Johnson by Susannah Willard Johnson
- The Adventures of John Jewitt by John Jewitt
- The Narrative of Robert Adams by Robert Adams
- A Narrative of the Captivity and Adventures of John Tanner by John Tanner
- The Rachel Plummer Narrative by Rachel Plummer
- A Narrative of the Adventures and Sufferings of Matthew Brayton by Matthew Brayton
- Title: Classic American Captivity Narratives
- Volumes: 9
- Pages: 1,899