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Raw Dog Screaming Press
@RDSPress

February 2014
152 pages
5 x 8 inches
ISBN 978-1-935-73856-5
$12.95 paperback
$4.99 kindle

RDSP Publicity
Jennifer Barnes

Cover Design
Matthew Revert

DOUGLASS: THE LOST AUTOBIOGRAPHY


Frederick Douglass stands as one of American history’s most extraordinary figures, overcoming the evils of slavery and racial construction by force of will and grit. As a fervent abolitionist, gifted orator, and sagacious editor and author, he became one of the most outspoken and influential social reformers of his time. During his life, he published three autobiographies chronicling his struggle from childhood to adulthood, from slave to free man, from ignorance to power-knowledge. And yet the full narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, contrary to popular belief, has been incomplete ... until now. Recently recovered on an archeological dig in Ireland, where Douglass lectured extensively in the 1840s, this heretofore “lost” autobiography marks the fourth and final work in the library of his selfhood. Tying together loose ends in the previous three autobiographies while exposing remarkable, often disturbing secrets about his private life, Douglass portrays himself not only as a man of words and character but as a kind of anachronistic hipster and proto-beatnik. There is a reason this volume never saw publication during his lifetime. A reason—and a method.

Book 3 of The Biographizer Trilogy

© 2014 Raw Dog Screaming Press

“Once again, D. Harlan Wilson biographizes with a hammer. Beware.” —William Clarke Quantrill, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Booker T. Washington Institute for African and African-American Research at Fostoria University

"This is not a book. It is an algorithm. D. Harlan Wilson’s trilogy of Hitler: The Terminal Biography, Freud: The Penultimate Biography and Douglass: The Lost Autobiography are Magrittesque artifacts. Certainly not biographies in the conventional sense of the genre, these titles may not be, strictly, books, whatever those are these days. They are experiments in deconstructing the supposedly cynical matrices of literature in the Internet age, where units are defined and shifted algorithmically, by guilty—sometimes arbitrary—associations with other books." —The Rumpus

"Wilson works on a bizarre level that can be enjoyed by anyone looking for a fast-paced, entertaining read as well as by readers who are looking to do a bit of deconstruction and like being challenged by a barrage of academic and pop culture references that go from pretty obvious to truly obscure." —Verbicide Magazine

"The Biographizer Trilogy is like a series of magic tricks that the magician painstakingly explains, but which nevertheless still dazzle the audience and retain an element of mystery. Meanwhile, as Wilson is explaining his tricks, he’s also stealing your wallet. He’s pulling moves we’re not even aware of until the aftermath." —Book Riot

D. Harlan Wilson is a novelist, short story writer, editor, literary critic, playwright, biographer and Professor of English at Wright State University-Lake Campus. In addition to over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, hundreds of his stories and essays have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies throughout the world in multiple languages. Wilson serves as reviews editor for Extrapolation, editor-in-chief of Anti-Oedipus Press, and managing editor of Guide Dog Books.

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