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The Resource The fortunes of Francis Barber : the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir, Michael Bundock

The fortunes of Francis Barber : the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir, Michael Bundock

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The fortunes of Francis Barber : the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir
Title
The fortunes of Francis Barber
Title remainder
the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir
Statement of responsibility
Michael Bundock
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This compelling book chronicles a young boy's journey from the horrors of Jamaican slavery to the heart of London's literary world, and reveals the unlikely friendship that changed his life. Francis Barber, born in Jamaica, was brought to London by his owner in 1750 and became a servant in the household of the renowned Dr. Samuel Johnson. Although Barber left London for a time and served in the British navy during the Seven Years' War, he later returned to Johnson's employ. A fascinating reversal took place in the relationship between the two men as Johnson's health declined and the older man came to rely more and more upon his now educated and devoted companion. When Johnson died he left the bulk of his estate to Barber, a generous (and at the time scandalous) legacy, and a testament to the depth of their friendship. There were thousands of black Britons in the eighteenth century, but few accounts of their lives exist. In uncovering Francis Barber's story, this book not only provides insights into his life and Samuel Johnson's but also opens a window onto London when slaves had yet to win their freedom"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bundock, Michael
Dewey number
828/.609
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3533
LC item number
.B86 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Barber, Frank
  • Slaves
  • Literature and society
  • Blacks
  • London (England)
  • Barber, Frank
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
  • HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • Blacks
  • Friendship
  • Intellectual life
  • Literature and society
  • Slaves
  • England
  • England
  • Great Britain
Label
The fortunes of Francis Barber : the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir, Michael Bundock
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The house in Gough Square -- "The Dunghill of the Universe" -- A new name -- Johnson -- Servant or slave? -- An apothecary in Cheapside -- The Stag -- "A Race Naturally Inferior" - "This is your scholar!" -- Slavery on trial -- "Nobody but Frank" -- Hawkins vs. Barber -- Lichfield -- Afterlives
Control code
890614507
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9780300207101
Lccn
2014037766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)890614507
Label
The fortunes of Francis Barber : the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir, Michael Bundock
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The house in Gough Square -- "The Dunghill of the Universe" -- A new name -- Johnson -- Servant or slave? -- An apothecary in Cheapside -- The Stag -- "A Race Naturally Inferior" - "This is your scholar!" -- Slavery on trial -- "Nobody but Frank" -- Hawkins vs. Barber -- Lichfield -- Afterlives
Control code
890614507
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9780300207101
Lccn
2014037766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)890614507

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