3-22-10: Douglass’ Women

March 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm 2 comments

The compelling story of Frederick Douglass – his birth as slave on Maryland’s Eastern Shore around 1818, his struggle to learn to read in Baltimore, his escape to freedom and his influence as orator, author and abolitionist – is well known.  At least one aspect is less discussed:  that while married to the black woman who bore him five children, he carried on a long-term affair with at least one white woman, and after his wife’s death he married another white woman 20 years his junior.

This is the stuff of which novels are made.  That’s just what Jewell Parker Rhodes has done with her historical novel Douglass’ Women, winner of the 2003 American Book Award.  Jewell Parker Rhodes  is director of the Virginia G. Piper Center in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and she joins Sheilah from a studio on ASU’s campus.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laurenne  |  April 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is definitely one of my favorite authors. There is no question her work delves into historical persepectives often intentionally left out that carry emotions felt long before I knew of them and the true root of them. She’s incredible! This interview was a treat. Thank you.

  • 2. Angela  |  June 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Imani Literary Grp–Metro Atlanta, read “The Douglass Women” when it was first published and rated it a 10! In the eighteen years we have existed, reading two books most months to discuss, only three books have received a perfect 10 from our very critical members. We were also blessed to meet with Jewell a few years back to discuss her wonderful collection of historical fiction. THANK YOU for putting this exceptional writer on the airwaves.


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