New York: Atheneum, 1990. First Edition, Second Printing. Cloth and boards. INSCRIBED by the Author on the title page, 8vo, black quarter cloth with gold lettering on spine over maroon boards, archival mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped: $17.95) depicting a black man's head by a [slave] ship, 209 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #8828
Winner of the 1990 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.
Middle Passage (1990) is a historical novel about the final voyage of an illegal American slave ship on the Middle Passage. Set in 1830, it presents a personal and historical perspective of the illegal slave trade in the United States, telling the story of Rutherford Calhoun, a freed slave who sneaks aboard a slave ship bound for Africa in order to escape a forced marriage.
Charles Richard Johnson (born 1948) is a scholar and the author of novels, short stories, screen-and-teleplays, and essays, most often with a philosophical orientation and that addres issues of black life in America.
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