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Paperback:The fortunes of Francis Barber : the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir / Michael Bundock.:2021 Paperback The fortunes of Francis Barber : the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir / Michael Bundock.
The fortunes of Francis Barber : the true story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson's heir / Michael Bundock.
Author: Bundock, Michael,
Publication year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780300260960 (pbk.) :
Notes:
Originally published: 2015.
This work chronicles a young boy's journey from the horrors of Jamaican slavery to the heart of London's literary world, and reveals the unlikely friendship that changed his life. Francis Barber, born in Jamaica, was brought to London by his owner in 1750 and became a servant in the household of the renowned Dr Samuel Johnson. Although Barber left London for a time and served in the British navy during the Seven Years' War, he later returned to Johnson's employ. A fascinating reversal took place in the relationship between the two men as Johnson's health declined and the older man came to rely more and more upon his now educated and devoted companion. When Johnson died he left the bulk of his estate to Barber, a generous (and at the time scandalous) legacy, and a testament to the depth of their friendship.
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296 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm

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