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Freedom Business
By Marilyn Nelson

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Freedom Business by Marilyn Nelson

Book Description

The true narrative of a slave from Africa, crafted in verse by Marilyn Nelson. Born an African prince, Broteer Furro was captured by slave traders at age six. As he stepped onto a cargo ship, the vessel's steward purchased the boy and gave him a new name: Venture. He landed in Rhode Island and worked through a lifetime of slavery to buy not only his own freedom but the freedom of his wife and children. Remarkable in his own time for his ambition and physical stature, Venture Smith became history's first man to document both his capture from Africa and life as an American slave. In this breathtaking volume, Marilyn Nelson's poems sit opposite the text of Smith's own narrative. Nelson's controlled verse layers this edition with insight into Smith's stoic eighteenth-century prose. Deborah Dancy's stark watercolor collages highlight the tension between the economical language of the narrative and the turbulent emotion within the poems.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781932425574
ISBN-10: 1932425578
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 157mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Boyds Mills Press
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson How I Discovered Poetry, Paperback / softback (March 2016)

Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems.

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson American Ace, Hardback (January 2016)

Sixteen-year-old Connor tries to help his severely depressed father, who learned upon his mother's death that Nonno was not his biological father, by doing research that reveals Dad's father was probably a Tuskegee Airman.

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Author Biography - Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson is a former poet laureate of Connecticut and three-time National Book Award finalist. She is the author of several award-winning books of poetry for children and young adults, including, "Carver" and "Fortune's ""Bones: The Manumission Requiem."She is also the director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a writers' residency, located in East Haddam, Connecticut. where she lives.Deborah Dancy received a BFA degree, an MS degree in printmaking, and an MFA in painting. She has exhibited throughout the country, and her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is on the faculty of the University of Connecticut. Ms. Dancy resides in Storrs, Connecticut."

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