The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride Summary and Reviews

The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride

A Rediscovered African American Novel

by Julia C. Collins

The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride by Julia C. Collins
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2006
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    Genre: Novels

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In 1865, The Christian Recorder, the national newspaper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, serialized The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride, a novel written by Mrs. Julia C. Collins, an African American woman living in the small town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It had been forgotten in the archives until its recent discovery, and is published now for the first time in book form.

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This recently rediscovered work is considered to be the first serialized novel by an African American woman, and the first non-autobiographical novel to be authored by a historically verified African American woman, thus the publishers are claiming that it supersedes former claimants such as Harriet Wilson (Our Nig) and Hannah Crafts (The Bondswoman's Narrative). Julia Collins died of tuberculosis in 1865, without concluding her novel, so the editors have composed an ending that they believe in keeping with the work. Simultaneous release in hardcover and paperback.

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