The life and the adventures of a haunted convict belongs on a bookshelf next to the autobiography of malcolm x martin luther king jrs letter from a birmingham jail george jacksons soledad brother and other prison writings it is a powerful reminder that those populations who many think of as silenced did and will continue to . The life and the adventures of a haunted convict circa 1858 view all images in his memoir written around 1859 austin reed attributes the wayward course of his life to the tragic loss of his father at the age of six. The life and the adventures of a haunted convict by austin reed is the first known prison narrative by an african american writer editor caleb smith wrote in the yale alumni magazine the beinecke rare book manuscript library purchased the manuscript and random house published it as a book this winter. The life and the adventures of a haunted convict is the earliest known prison memoir by an african american writer written by austin reed in the 1850s it was discovered at an estate sale in 2009. Austin reed finished the life and the adventures of a haunted convict around 1858 when he was in his 30s he had been born into a black family outside the system of slavery they were comfortably
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