THE NARRATIVE OF ROBERT ADAMS, A BARBARY CAPTIVE
A Critical Edition

ROBERT ADAMS
Edited by CHARLES ADAMS
252pp ILLUS 2005 LIST PRICE: £17.99 (P) H259

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First published in London in 1816, this is the account of the adventures of Robert Adams, an African American seaman who survived shipwreck, slavery and brutal efforts to convert him to Islam, before being ransomed to the British consul. In London, Adams was discovered by the Company of Merchants Trading, which published his story (into which Adams inserts a fantastical account of a trip to Timbuctoo). Adams's narrative is here accompanied by essays and notes that place his experience in the context of European exploration of Africa at the time, weighing his credibility against other contemporary accounts.