Narrative of the
Captivity and Restoration

by Mrs. Mary Rowlandson


A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson was a book written by Mary (White) Rowlandson, a colonial American woman who was captured during an attack by Native Americans during King Philip's War and held ransom for 11 weeks and 5 days. After being released, she wrote the book, which was a work in the literary genre of captivity narratives. It is considered to be one of America's first bestsellers, four editions appearing in 1682 when it was first published.
Rowlandson writes about the uncertainty of life and its brevity. In particular, from the attack and the death of her children, both the uncertainty and the brevity of life was apparent. As a Christian woman of her time, she also discusses her unwavering belief in God as she interpreted events. It is possible that Mary Rowlandson wrote her story with a desire to represent herself to her readers sometimes at the expense of the facts.
Excerpted from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson on Wikipedia.

person AuthorMary Rowlandson
language CountryUnited States
api GenreCaptivity narrative, Autobiography
copyright CopyrightPublic domain worldwide.
camera_alt Book cover-
book_online EbooksProject Gutenberg
description ScansUniversity of Michigan
headphones AudioLibrivox | Internet Archive
Reader: Matthew Scott Surprenant
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