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Gretchen Gerzina appears on BBC documentary, "The Extraordinary Equiano"

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/14/05 • Contact Genevieve Haas (603) 646-3661

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Dartmouth Professor of English Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina appears in a BBC television documentary on Olaudah Equiano. The documentary, "The Extraordinary Equiano," airs in the United Kingdom on the evening of Saturday, October 15 at 10:05 p.m. GMT. Olaudah Equiano was a black slave in the 18th century who emerged from the horrors of the African holocaust to become an English gentleman, marry a white woman and become Britain's first black celebrity. Gerzina is the author of Black London (1995), which tells the story of the black population of eighteenth-century Britain and was named a New York Times "notable book of the year." She is also the author of Frances Hodgson Burnett: The unexpected life of the author of 'The Secret Garden' (2004), and editor of the book Black Victorians/Black Victoriana (2003). Gerzina recently joined the Dartmouth faculty and is the host of the nationally-syndicated radio program "The Book Show," which interviews authors on their recent books. Guests have included Toni Morrison, David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, A.S. Byatt, Michael Eric Dyson, Salman Rushdie, Tracy Chevalier, Zadie Smith and Michael Cunningham.

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