Discovery of 1st Black Female Novelist

The discovery of the author's real identity will forever change the history of African-American literature.

Screenshot of The Bondwoman's Narrative
Screenshot of The Bondwoman's Narrative

Editor’s note: Read an excerpt from The Bondwoman’s Narrative here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.