Middle Passage


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$17.00  $15.64
Scribner Book Company
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5.3 X 0.47 X 8.08 inches | 0.42 pounds
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About the Author

Charles Owen Johnson developed an interest in family history by listening to the stories of his great-aunt. An attorney by profession, Johnson served as first editor of Hereditary Register of the United States of America. He was the governor general of the Plymouth Hereditary Society, has been the president of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Huguenot Society, and is a member of dozens of organizations, among them the Round Table Club of New Orleans. Listed in Who's Who in the World and the Blue Book of Washington, D.C., Johnson received a B.A. from Tulane University, LL.B. from Harvard Law School, J.D. from Tulane Law School, and LL.M. from Columbia Law School. A Louisiana native, Johnson was born in Monroe, Louisiana.


Long after we'd stopped believing in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that."--Chicago Tribune
"A novel in the honorable tradition of Billy Budd and Moby Dick... heroic in proportion...fiction that hooks into the mind."--The New York Times Book Review
"A rousing adventure yarn that resonates with and echoes the spirit of early sea stories...Johnson has fashioned a tale of travel and tragedy, yearning and history, and done so from a different, rarely explored viewpoint....Middle Passage is a story of slavery, often brilliant in its structure and riveting in the way it's told."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Middle Passage is both unexpectedly funny and highly intellectual."--Washington Post
"Highly readable...by turns mimicking historical romance, slave narrative, picaresque tale, parable, and sea yarn, indebted to Swift, Coleridge, Melville, and Conrad."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A vivid and compelling work."--Essence
"A fascinating allegory of the way black and whites came together in this country...Johnson's remarkable novel challenges us."--USA Today
"A savage parable of the black experience in America...blending confessional, ship's log, and adventure...in luxuriant, intoxicating prose."--Publishers Weekly
"Middle Passage resonates...a spirited adventure tale daringly spun off the realm of myth."--Newsday