The full name of this book is The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African.
It is the autobiography of a black man. Your can found not only the story about slavery under this cover. It is also a book of traveling and inner growth. First publication of this book was in 1789. It is a story of a slave who takes The Bible in his hands and through books, wisdom obtained a freedom.
In the 1967 Paul Edwards started a discussion about the honesty of the author. The validity of the autobiography was questioned. Several decades later Vincent Carretta reveals to publicity 2 interesting records. It was in 1999. On of this records was a naval muster roll. Another was a baptismal record. As a result was questioned the place where was born Gustavus Vassa. He thinks that the author of autobiography was born in the USA in South Carolina. And this fact explained by Gustavus’s knowledge about life in Igbo society.
Despite its questionable history, the autobiography of Gustavus Vassa was maybe the slave stories told by slave and read so widely. It has been translated into other European languages during the Gustavus Vassa 's lifetime. Those languages are German and Dutch. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African influenced a lot African-American literature.