Scholar’s perseverance helps a slave woman’s story finally be told

The ever helpful Charles Davis pointed to This One on \”The Bondwoman\’s Narrative\”, and how Henry Louis Gates Jr bought what is almost certainly the first novel ever written by an African American woman.

\”The most important thing in my life has been the Encarta publication with Microsoft and I\’m not just saying that because I\’m in Seattle,\” Gates stressed in an interview last week. \”That encyclopedia was W.E.B. Du Bois\’ great dream fulfilled, the black equivalent of the Encyclopedia Brittanica. But finding this novel ranks right up there with that.\”