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Audio Interview with Henry Louis Gates

Professor Henry Louis Gates speaks with Don Swaim about the book, Our Nig, in this 1983 interview. Gates spent his career studying black figures in Western literature. He explains in the interview where he found the book, and through his research, discovered that it was the first novel written by a black woman in the United States. The book chronicles the prominent state of racial attitudes in 'free' northern states during an unstable period in the nation's history. Gates expresses his surprise at finding the novel, and how well it is written, crediting the anonymous author with the beginnings of true black literature in the United States.

Listen to the Henry Louis Gates interview with Don Swaim, May 27, 1983, RealAudio
(31min. 39 sec.)

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For many years most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. Wired for Books is proud to webcast these interviews in RealAudio.

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