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First published in December 1853, Clotel was written amid then unconfirmed rumors that Thomas Jefferson had fathered children with one of his slaves. The story begins with the auction of his mistress, here called Currer, and their two daughters, Clotel and Althesa. The Virginian who buys Clotel falls in love with her, gets her pregnant, seems to promise marriage—then sells her. Escaping from the slave dealer, Clotel returns to Virginia disguised as a white man in order to rescue her daughter, Mary, a slave in her father’s house. A fast-­paced and harrowing tale of slavery and freedom, of the hypocrisies of a nation founded on democratic principles, Clotel is more than a sensationalist novel. It is a founding text of the African American novelistic tradition, a brilliantly composed and richly detailed exploration of human relations in a new world in which race is a cultural construct. First time in Penguin Classics Published in time for African-­American History Month Includes . . .

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The first novel by an African-­American, this dramatic tale revolves around the fate of a child fathered by Thomas Jefferson with one of his slaves. Although born into slavery, author William Wells Brown escaped bondage to become a prominent reformer and historian. His emotionally powerful depiction of slavery and racial conflict in the antebellum South resounds with the immediacy and honesty of his own experiences. Brown weaves a variety of contemporary sources — sermons, lectures, political pamphlets, and newspaper advertisements — into this innovative work, which appears here in an unabridged republication of the 1853 first edition.

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William Wells Brown (1814-­1884) is credited with being the first African American novelist. His 1853 work "Clotel; Or, The President's Daughter" is a groundbreaking piece of American fiction. The long untouched subject matter of mixed race identity during the antebellum South is here treated with great craft and bravery. William Wells Brown confronts the hypocrisy of slavery, examining the detrimental effects it has on society. Even more direct is Brown's confrontation of Thomas Jefferson's controversial intimacy with his slavesa relationship which bore many mixed race children. In "Clotel", we follow the story of Clotel, a mixed-­race daughter of Thomas Jefferson. The novel introduces the "tragic-­mulatto" archetype into American fiction. With a split identity, this ill-­fated soul is ruined by a racially divided society. Clotel wrestles with this existence as a mixed slave; as she vies for freedom we witness her struggle through life. This deft novel examines race relations in a . . .

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This novel explores slavery's destructive effects on African-­American families, the difficult lives of American mulattoes or mixed-­race people, and the "degraded and immoral condition of the relation of master and slave in the United States of America.­" It is a tragic mulatto story about a woman named Currer and her daughters Althesa and Clotel, fathered by Thomas Jefferson.

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Clotel; or, The President's Daughter is an 1853 novel by United States author and playwright William Wells Brown, an escaped slave from Kentucky who was active on the anti-­slavery circuit. Brown published the book in London, where he stayed to evade possible recapture due to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, but it is considered the first novel published by an African American[1][2] and is set in the United States, reflecting the southern institution of slavery

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This edition is written in English. However, there is a running Chinese Simplified thesaurus at the bottom of each page for the more difficult English words highlighted in the text. There are many editions of Clotel, or The President's Daughter. This edition would be useful if you would like to enrich your Chinese Simplified-­English vocabulary, whether for self-­improvement or for preparation in advanced of college examinations. Webster's edition of this classic is organized to expose the reader to a maximum number of difficult and potentially ambiguous English words. Rare or idiosyncratic words and expressions are given lower priority compared to "difficult, yet commonly used" English words. Rather than supply a single translation, many words are translated for a variety of meanings in Chinese Simplified, allowing readers to better grasp the ambiguity of English without using the notes as a pure translation crutch. Having the reader decipher a word's meaning within context serves . . .

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Webster’s paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running English-­to-­French thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of Clotel, or The President’s Daughter by William Wells Brown was edited for three audiences. The first includes French-­speaking students enrolled in an English Language Program (ELP), an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program, an English as a Second Language Program (ESL), or in a TOEFL® or TOEIC® preparation program. The second audience includes English-­speaking students enrolled in bilingual education programs or French speakers enrolled in English-­speaking schools. The third audience consists of students who are actively building their vocabularies in French in order to take foreign service, translation certification, Advanced Placement® (AP®) or similar examinations. By using the Webster's French Thesaurus Edition when assigned for an English course, the reader can . . .

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pubOne.­info thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. FOR many years the South has been noted for its beautiful Quadroon women. Bottles of ink, and reams of paper, have been used to portray the “finely-­cut and well-­moulded features, ” the “silken curls, ” the “dark and brilliant eyes, ” the “splendid forms, ” the “fascinating smiles, ” and “accomplished manners” of these impassioned and voluptuous daughters of the two races, — the unlawful product of the crime of human bondage. When we take into consideration the fact that no safeguard was ever thrown around virtue, and no inducement held out to slave-­women to be pure and chaste, we will not be surprised when told that immorality pervades the domestic circle in the cities and towns of the South to an extent unknown in the Northern States. Many a planter's wife has dragged out a miserable existence, with an aching heart, at seeing her place in the husband's affections usurped by the unadorned . . .

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Webster’s paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running English-­to-­Korean thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of The Pastor’s Son by William W. Walter was edited for three audiences. The first includes Korean-­speaking students enrolled in an English Language Program (ELP), an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program, an English as a Second Language Program (ESL), or in a TOEFL® or TOEIC® preparation program. The second audience includes English-­speaking students enrolled in bilingual education programs or Korean speakers enrolled in English-­speaking schools. The third audience consists of students who are actively building their vocabularies in Korean in order to take foreign service, translation certification, Advanced Placement® (AP®) or similar examinations. By using the Webster's Korean Thesaurus Edition when assigned for an English course, the reader can enrich their vocabulary in . . .

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William Wells Brown's Clotel or, The President's Daughter is often considered the first novel by an African-­American. When the book was published, Brown himself was legally the property of someone else within the United States, having escaped from slavery in Kentucky when he was younger. In this story President Thomas Jefferson and his former mulatto mistress Currer have had two daughters together: Althesea and Clotel. When their master passes away, their relatively comfortable lives are swept away and Currer and Althesea are bought by the harsh slave trader Dick Walker.

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William Wells Brown was a prominent American abolitionist in the 19th century. Brown was born into slavery and wrote an account of his experiences. Brown also wrote Clotel; Or, The President’s Daughter which is thought to be the first novel written by an African-­American. This edition includes a table of contents.

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MORE than two hundred years have elapsed since the first cargo of slaves was landed on the banks of the James River, in the colony of Virginia, from the West coast of Africa. From the introduction of slaves in 1620, down to the period of the separation of the Colonies from the British Crown, the number had increased to five hundred thousand; now there are nearly four million. In fifteen of the thirty-­one States, Slavery is made lawful by the Constitution, which binds the several States into one confederacy

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THE SOUTHERN SOCIAL CIRCLE FOR many years the South has been noted for its beautiful Quadroon women. Bottles of ink, and reams of paper, have been used to portray the "finely-­cut and well-­moulded features,­" the "silken curls,­" the "dark and brilliant eyes,­" the "splendid forms,­" the "fascinating smiles,­" and "accomplished manners" of these impassioned and voluptuous daughters of the two races,­—the unlawful product of the crime of human bondage. When we take into consideration the fact that no safeguard was ever thrown around virtue, and no inducement held out to slave-­women to be pure and chaste, we will not be surprised when told that immorality pervades the domestic circle in the cities and towns of the South to an extent unknown in the Northern States. Many a planter's wife has dragged out a miserable existence, with an aching heart, at seeing her place in the husband's affections usurped by the unadorned beauty and captivating smiles of her waiting-­maid. Indeed, the greater . . .

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Author William Wells Brown uses the injustices of slavery to demonstrate the destructive effects that it had on the African-­American family, most significantly on the so-­called tragic mulatto.

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The first novel published by an African American, Clotel takes up the story, in circulation at the time, that Thomas Jefferson fathered an illegitimate mulatto daughter who was sold into slavery. Powerfully reimagining this story, and weaving toge...

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Webster’s paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running English-­to-­Spanish thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of Clotel, or The President’s Daughter by William Wells Brown was edited for three audiences. The first includes Spanish-­speaking students enrolled in an English Language Program (ELP), an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program, an English as a Second Language Program (ESL), or in a TOEFL® or TOEIC® preparation program. The second audience includes English-­speaking students enrolled in bilingual education programs or Spanish speakers enrolled in English-­speaking schools. The third audience consists of students who are actively building their vocabularies in Spanish in order to take foreign service, translation certification, Advanced Placement® (AP®) or similar examinations. By using the Webster's Spanish Thesaurus Edition when assigned for an English course, the reader can . . .

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