Category Archives: autobiography

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (B) 1749-(D) 1832 age 83 He was a German writer and statesman. His works include: four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, … Continue reading

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Harriet Ann Jacobs

Harriet Ann Jacobs 1813-1897, age 84 She was an African-American writer who escaped from slavery and was later freed. She became an abolitionist speaker and reformer. Jacobs wrote an autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, first serialized … Continue reading

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Gustavus Vassa or Olaudah Equiano / Gustavus Vassa ou Géraldine

Gustavus Vassa or Olaudah Equiano 1745-1797 age 52 He was known in his lifetime as Gustavus Vassa, a prominent Nigerian in London, a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. His autobiography, published in 1789, … Continue reading

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