October 18, 2013
Memoirist of '12 Years a Slave' Is Subject of New Biography
In 1841, Solomon Northup, a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., fell for a fake job offer from two men who lured him to Washington, D.C., drugged him and beat him unconscious, then sold him into slavery in the South. 12 Years a Slave, the motion picture based on Northup's memoir of the same name, opens in theaters around the country on Friday, to glowing reviews.
Audiences hungry for more can turn to the first comprehensive biography of Northup, published by