Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands

by Mary Seacole

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands Synopsis

Written in 1857, this is the autobiography of a Jamaican woman whose fame rivalled Florence Nightingale's during the Crimean War. Seacole's offer to volunteer as a nurse in the war met with racism and refusal. Undaunted, Seacole set out independently to the Crimea where she acted as doctor and 'mother' to wounded soldiers while running her business, the 'British Hotel'. A witness to key battles, she gives vivid accounts of how she coped with disease, bombardment and other hardships at the Crimean battlefront. In her introduction to the very welcome Penguin edition, Sara Salih expertly analyses the rhetorical complexities of Seacole's book to explore the richness of her story. Traveller, entrepreneur, healer and woman of colour, Mary Seacole is a singular and fascinating figure, overstepping all conventional boundaries. Jan Marsh, Independent It's hard to believe that this amazing adventure story is the true-life experience of a Jamaican woman - it would make a great film. Andrea Levy, Sunday Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9780140439021
Publication date: 24th February 2005
Author: Mary Seacole
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Memoirs, Nursing, Crimean War,

About Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole was born to a Scottish soldier father and free black mother in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. She travelled to England in the 1850s after building her reputation as a nurse. Her work in the Crimea during the war earned her the Crimean medal and she played a crucial role in opening up the medical and nursing professions to women. She died in obscurity in England in 1881. Sara Salih is Assistant Professor in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Judith Butler (Routledge 2002), and the editor, with Judith Butler, of The Judith Butler Reader (Blackwell, 2004). She ...

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