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This page lists all the editions of William Earle’s text that I have located, followed by the shorter versions which drew their text from him. Perhaps because it was not connected with the pantomime, Earle’s version was not reprinted or republished nearly as frequently as was Burdett’s.
Earle’s epistolary novel opens in Africa and focuses on Jack’s parents, Amri and Makro, who befriend and are then betrayed by a shipwrecked white slave trader, Captain Harrop. Much of the novel is taken up with Amri’s narration of this experience to her son, Jack, in Jamaica. As a result of learning about Harrop’s treatment of his parents, Jack vows to take revenge.
1. Editions of Earle’s Novel
Earle, William. 1800. Obi: or, The history of three-fingered Jack: in a series of letters from a resident in Jamaica to his friend in England. London: Earle and Hemet.
Earle, William. 1804. Obi; or, the History of Three-fingered Jack, in a series of Letters from a Resident in Jamaica to his friend in England. Worcester, Mass.: Isaiah Thomas, Jr.
Earle, William. 2005. Obi or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack. Edited by Srinivas Aravamudan. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview.
Earle, William. 1999. 'The History of Three-Fingered Jack'. In Peter J. Kitson and Debbie Lee, ed, Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings in the British Romantic Period, volume 6: Fiction, ed. Srinivas Aravamudan. London: Pickering and Chatto. Pages 271-292, with introductory note pp. 269-270.
2. Anonymously published pamphlets which use part of Earle’s text. Those with dates are listed first in date order, followed by undated editions, given alphabetically by title.
Fairburn's Edition of the Wonderful Life and Adventures of Three Fingered Jack, the Terror of Jamaica! Giving an Account of his persvering Courage and gallant Heroism in revenging the Cause of his Injured Parents: with an account of his desperate Conflict with Quashee! Who, after many Attempts, at last overcomes him, and takes his Head and Hand to Jamaica, and receives a large Reward for destroying him. Embellished with Four Coloured Engravings. 1829. London: J. Fairburn.
The Wonderful Life and Adventures of Three-Fingered Jack, the Terror of Jamaica! Giving an Account of his persevering Courage and gallant Heroism, in revenging the Cause of his Injured Parents; with an account of his desperate conflict with Quashee! Who, after many attempts, at last overcomes him, and takes his Head and Hand to Jamaica, and receives a large Reward for destroying him. 1829. London: T&J Allman.
The Life and Adventures of three Fingered Jack, the terror of Jamaica. nd. London: Orlando Hodgson.
Three-Fingered Jack. The Young Gentleman's Library; or Treasury of Entertainment With coloured plates and gilt edges. n.d. London: Orlando Hodgson.
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