The Age of Phillis
ISBN: 0819579491
EAN13: 9780819579492
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 3, 2020
Pages: 200
Dimensions: 1.062992" H x 9.251968" L x 6.338583" W
Weight: 1.084674 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Poems imagine the life and times of Phillis Wheatley

NACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work for Poetry
2020 National Book Award for Poetr
y, Longlist
2020 LA Times Book Award Finalist

In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honor e Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and times of Wheatley: her childhood in the Gambia, West Africa, her life with her white American owners, her friendship with Obour Tanner, and her marriage to the enigmatic John Peters. Woven throughout are poems about Wheatley's age--the era that encompassed political, philosophical, and religious upheaval, as well as the transatlantic slave trade. For the first time in verse, Wheatley's relationship to black people and their individual mercies is foregrounded, and here we see her as not simply a racial or literary symbol, but a human being who lived and loved while making her indelible mark on history.

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Yaay, Someplace in the Gambia, c. 1753

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