William grimes 1784 1865 was the son of benjamin grymes and an enslaved servant grimes suffered from physical abuse in the house and in the field in 1814 he escaped slavery by travelling to new york. Life of william grimes the runaway slave william grimes home worldcat home about worldcat help search search for library items search for lists search for contacts search for a library create lists bibliographies and reviews or search worldcat find items in libraries near you dodo press schema . The life of william grimes was the first book length autobiography written by a fugitive american slave and its publication as scholar yuval taylor observes inadvertently helped inaugurate a genre p 653 taylor also notes that grimess narrative is one of the first to refer to its author as a slave in the title. In 1825 grimes wrote his autobiography life of william grimes the runaway slave in the aim of getting back some of his lost property he published a second edition of his autobiography in 1855 updating it with some humorous stories. Recovering william grimes the first african american fugitive slave narrator was an event sponsored by the gilder lehrman center for the study of slavery resistance and abolition a part
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