A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs

It was published in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1682, and in London the same year.

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During the attack, which was anticipated by residents including Mary's husband, Joseph, the Native American raiding party killed 13 people, while at least 24 were taken captive, many of them injured.

17th Century Narratives | American Captivity Narratives


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Mary Rowlandson's
The Narrative of the Captivity
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Mary Rowlandson and her children moved to Boston where she is thought to have written her captivity narrative, although her original manuscript has not survived.

It went through four printings in 1682 and garnered readership both in the New England colonies and in England, leading it to be considered by some the first American "bestseller."
Mary White, who was her forename, was born in 1637 in Somerset, England.