Douglass' Women

Douglass' Women

A Novel

Book - 2002
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WINNER OF THE 2003 PEN OAKLAND JOSEPHINE MILES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WRITING AND THE BLACK CAUCUS OF THE ALA LITERARY AWARD
Frederick Douglass, the great African-American abolitionist, was a man who cherished freedom in life and in love. In this ambitious work of historical fiction, Douglass' passions come vividly to life in the form of two women: Anna Murray Douglass and Ottilie Assing.
Douglass' Women is an imaginative rendering of these two women -- one black, the other white -- in Douglass' life. Anna, his wife, was a free woman of color who helped Douglass escape as a slave. She bore Douglass five children and provided him with a secure, loving home while he traveled the world with his message. Along the way, Douglass satisfied his intellectual needs in the company of Ottilie Assing, a white woman of German-Jewish descent, who would become his mistress for decades to come. How these two women find solidarity in their shared love for Douglass -- and his vision for a free America -- is at the heart of Jewell Parker Rhodes' extraordinary, epic novel.
Publisher: Washington Square Press,� 2002
ISBN: 9780743410106
0743410106
Branch Call Number: AF RHOD

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Jan 20, 2014

I love Frederick Douglass' activism, speeches, and courage. For those things, he will always be an icon. But reading this book makes you feel for the women in his life and then Douglass doesn't look so grand. I understand falling in love when you weren't planning to but then asking your wife to let your mistress live in your house for a few months each year for over a decade is the epitome of male arrogance. This book is absorbing and worth reading.

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