Title Profile & Character Information

Douglass' Women

Annotation
"Douglass' Women reimagines the lives of an American hero, Frederick Douglass, and two women - his wife and his mistress - who loved him and lived in his shadow. Anna Douglass, a free woman of color, was Douglass' wife of forty-four years, who bore him five children. Ottilie Assing, a German-Jewish intellectual, provided him the companionship of the mind that he needed. Hurt by Douglass' infidelity, Anna rejected his notion that only literacy freed the mind. For her, familial love rivaled intellectual pursuits. Ottilie was raised by parents who embraced the ideal of free love, but found herself entrapped in an unfulfilling love triangle with America's most famous self-taught slave for nearly three decades."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2003  Black Caucus of the America Library Association Award


Author Notes
  Jewell Parker Rhodes is a professor of creative writing and American literature at Arizona State University.
Characters
NameDouglass, Frederick
GenderMale
OccupationJournalist
TraitsAfrican American
Married
Father
Freed slave
Abolitionist

NameMurray, Anna
GenderFemale
TraitsAfrican American
Married
Mother

NameAssing, Ottilie
GenderFemale
OccupationArtist
TraitsGerman American
Mistress

GenreBiographical
Domestic
Feminist
Fiction
Historical
TopicsAfrican Americans
Race relations
Abolitionists
Marriage
Infidelity
Interracial relationships
Mistresses
Love lost
SettingBaltimore, Maryland
New York
England