[lit-ideas] Re: The Life, Time, and _Opinions_ of Olaudah Equiano

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 17:03:27 EDT

Thanks to J. Evans for her comments and for now having the cast  right:
        Youssou N'Dour    . . . . . . . Olaudah Equiano 

J. Evans refers to 


and writes:
>there's some doubt about his early story, but he was a slave, yes, who  
>his freedom and came to England, ... He became a writer.
Mmm. I typed "Equiano" in an advanced search with the OED, and find he is  
quoted in four entries:
*    "ibo" (1732, quoting 1789, O. Equiano Life, i. 18,  "Mahogany-colo..."
*    "mahogany" (1660), quoting 1789. O. Equiano Interresing  Narr. Life I i
*    miskito (1688), quoting 1789 O. Equiano, Interesting  Narr. Life II
*    wrecker (1789). quoting 1789, O. Equiano Life II,  vii, 57 -- They met
So apparently he is the first quote for 'wrecker', meaning "a ship or  vessel 
employed in salvaging sunk, wrecked, or stranded vessels.". The complete  
quote  being,  1789  O. EQUIANO  Life II. viii. 57 T
              hey met with this little sloop, called a wrecker; 
              their employment in those seas being to look after wrecks. 
The mosquito, or miskito, reminds of ...
                                                Dame Edith Sitwell
for has "Don Pasquito" rhyme with "mosquito" in her famous "Facade" (to  
tango music by William Walton).
I was told there are lots of mosquitos in the Tennessee Delta of the  
Mississipi, so perhaps Geary owns a parchment of thie "Intersting Narration of  
Life" by former slave, Olaudah Equiano. He may even know what language was  his 
mother (or father) tongue. I am fascinated by the life of former  
first-generation slaves who had to _learn_ the language of their mistresses  
(like Fanny 
I'm still dubious as to _her_ polemic. Since she get on _so horribly_ with  
his husband, Mr. Butler, I am inclined to believe that (1) first, she started 
to  hate her husband for some reason or other having to do with _deep_ 
affections  (Perhaps he treated her a slave, or she felt so) and (2) she became 
'political'.  It seems her fight against slavery is very much united to the 
that her once  husband _was_ a slave-trader (or used and sold slaves). 
Why, it's just as having the "Memoirs of a Revolutionary" by a former  

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