Phillis Wheatley: Complete Writings
  • Phillis Wheatley: Complete Writings
  • Phillis Wheatley: Complete Writings
ISBN: 014042430X
EAN13: 9780140424300
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 1, 2001
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.7" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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The extraordinary writings of Phillis Wheatley, a slave girl turned published poet

In 1761, a young girl arrived in Boston on a slave ship, sold to the Wheatley family, and given the name Phillis Wheatley. Struck by Phillis' extraordinary precociousness, the Wheatleys provided her with an education that was unusual for a woman of the time and astonishing for a slave. After studying English and classical literature, geography, the Bible, and Latin, Phillis published her first poem in 1767 at the age of 14, winning much public attention and considerable fame. When Boston publishers who doubted its authenticity rejected an initial collection of her poetry, Wheatley sailed to London in 1773 and found a publisher there for Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

This volume collects both Wheatley's letters and her poetry: hymns, elegies, translations, philosophical poems, tales, and epyllions--including a poignant plea to the Earl of Dartmouth urging freedom for America and comparing the country's condition to her own. With her contemplative elegies and her use of the poetic imagination to escape an unsatisfactory world, Wheatley anticipated the Romantic Movement of the following century. The appendices to this edition include poems of Wheatley's contemporary African-American poets: Lucy Terry, Jupiter Harmon, and Francis Williams.

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   Read this with awe
I introduced her poetry to the black teenagers in an internship I led this summer at a historic Princeton estate called Morven. They built a starter library and this was one of the books we included in our little free kit.
 
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   A genius
To appreciate Phillis Wheatley fully, one must start with her works, but a beautiful expansion is to also read Fannone Jeffers'; imaginings poetry by Phillis Wheatley.
 
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   excellent
I saw a story about Phillis Wheatley in the Smithsonian magazine and HAD to get a complete copy of her writings.
 
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   Heard of her an her speech ani’t I a Women
This is prolific and surprising, if all slaves could read and write, I know that this would be a different world.
 
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