Adolphus, a Tale AND The Slave Son
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The Caribbean Heritage Series is designed to publish historic re-publications of "Trinidad Literary Roots" and comprises four Trinidadian novels published between 1838 and 1907. This second volume in the series presents two novels, Adolphus, a Tale and The Slave Son. Adolphus was first published in 1853 and was probably written by a Trinidadian mulatto, thus making it the first Trinidadian, and possibly the first West Indian, novel written by a mulatto and the first novel written by someone born and reared in Trinidad. A dramatic nineteenth-century tale, originally published in the newspapers of the day, Adolphus, traces the adventures of a mulatto son of a black slave women raped by a white man. Raised by a kind Spanish-Trinidadian padre, Adolphus grows into a handsome, well-educated, noble character. Later falling in love with Antonia Romelia, he manages to rescue her from a villainous kidnaper and they flee to Venezuela where they are free to marry.
The Slave Son was originally published in 1854 by Chapman and Hall, and according to the author's foreword, it was inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and was written to support the abolitionist movement in the United States
Bridget Brereton is Professor of History, St Augustine, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Her major books include A History of Modern Trinidad, Race Relations in the Colonial Trinidad, and Law Justice and Empire. She has also written articles on gender and history in the Caribbean. Rhonda Cobham is Professor of English and Black Studies at Amherst College, Amherst, USA. She has edited special issues of Research in African Literatures and The Massachusetts Review, as well as Watchers and Seekers: An Anthology of Writing by Black Women in Britain. Her essays on Caribbean and African authors, and postcolonial theory have appeared in Calahoo, Transition, RAL, and critical anthologies.
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