Twelve Years a Slave follows the story of a free man, Solomon Northup, from 1841, when he was illegally sold into slavery, from the initial period as a slave to William Ford, through the increasingly cruel times under John M. Tibeats, and then with Edwin Epps, from whom Solomon was eventually rescued in 1853.
Solomon paints a clear picture of the life of a slave, the endless work and unfair treatment, where people are generally treated as property, without any humanity. The book gives details of the slaves’ daily duties, as well as the particular things which happened to Solomon, including his attempts to escape.
In May 1853, Solomon Northup published his story. It was edited by David Wilson. Solomon wanted readers to understand the situation of black slaves in the slave states of the USA. In his preface, the editor, David Wilson, said that he firmly believed that the story of Solomon’s twelve years of slavery was true. He checked it as far as he could, although it was not possible to get evidence about everything.
Wilson stated that Solomon’s “fortune” during his time as a slave, lay in the fact that he was owned by several different masters. Some showed humanity, while others only cruelty. And indeed, Solomon writes of these people with either gratitude or bitterness.
In 2012 Twelve Years a Slave was made into a film directed by Steve McQueen. It was mostly filmed around New Orleans, Louisiana, in the summer of 2012 using four historic cotton plantations for the location. The film was first released in 2013 and it has won several major awards.
全系列皆隨書附贈全文朗讀MP3，【本書錄音採用英式發音】。 內文編排精美，採用彩色印刷，全文穿插精美插圖，單元設計豐富。 除了精彩的小說之外，另編寫有： 1. About the Author（作者簡介）：介紹作者，幫助認識創作背景。 2. About the Book（本書簡介）：介紹故事內容概要，幫助了解故事的背景與旨意。 3. Before Reading（閱前活動）：設計各種問題和活動，幫助暖身，啟發各種探討與學習。 4. After Reading（閱後練習）：設計各種深入的問題和題目練習，幫助復習內容，加深英語的學習印象。 5. Test（測驗）：有些讀本在閱畢之後，設計有各種測驗題目，包括文意測驗和英語練習等。 6. Translation（中譯）：完整的英文故事翻譯，幫助理解文意。 7. Answer Key（解答）：針對「閱前活動」、「閱後練習」和「測驗」，提供解答。 8. 隨文討論：在故事行文中，另設計有針對內文情節的問題探討，幫助做啟發性的思考。