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The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict
Feb. 16, 2018
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Crescent Room, 9th floor Vaughn
Sponsored by the Department of English and Writing
About Caleb Smith
Caleb Smith is professor of English and American studies at Yale University. He is the author of The Prison and the American Imagination (Yale UP, 2009) and The Oracle and the Curse (Harvard UP, 2013) and the editor of Austin Reed’s The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict (Random House, 2016). He has written about literature and the arts for Avidly, Bomb, Paper Monument and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where he is a contributing editor.
About the Presentation
Title: The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict
This lecture introduces The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict (1858), the recently recovered memoir of an African American inmate at New York’s Auburn State Prison. It considers Reed’s account of indentured servitude, a juvenile reformatory and an industrial prison—scenes of captivity and unfree labor that he connected to slavery in the South. The lecture also touches on the discovery and authentication of Reed’s manuscript and the strange artistry of his writing.