Regarded as the first female African-American novelist, she gained this distinction by anonymously submitting her debut function, Our Nig, in 1859. She was an indentured servant until she was eighteen years of age. Her first book, Our Nig, or Sketches from the life span of a free of charge Black, was small known in her life time, but was rediscovered by scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in 1982. She was created in New Hampshire for an African-American dad and an Irish mom. She wedded Thomas Wilson in 1851. Her literary design has been in comparison to that of Small Women writer Louisa May Alcott.