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Book by Gregg Hecimovich draws praise in WAPO review

Gregg Hecimovich, Department of English.

Last updated November 1, 2023

By Tina Underwood

A review by Tope Folarin in The Washington Post describes a new book by Gregg Hecimovich, a Furman University English professor. “The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative” chronicles the life of Hannah Bond, the first known African American female novelist. Through decades of meticulous research, Hecimovich identifies the novel’s true authorship and expands on “The Bondwoman’s Narrative” written by Hannah Crafts (Bond’s pen name) and published by Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates nearly a century and a half later.

Folarin said Hecimovich’s “Life and Times” is a “tale about overcoming insurmountable odds,” and books like his “are a vital resource for readers who wish to engage with themselves and the wider world.”

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