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- DescriptionPhillis Wheatley (1753-1784) was the first black American to publish a book and enjoyed international fame during her short life. Yet despite the considerable achievements of this young poet, her work has received little critical attention. This collection restores her to her proper place in America's literary heritage. Together with the editor's essay on 'Phillis Wheatley's Struggle for Freedom in Her Poetry and Prose', the collection reveals her to have been a writer who passionately sought freedom, both for herself and for her people, through her work, and who, in her contemplative elegies and use of the poetic imagination to escape an unsatisfactory world, anticipated the Romantic movement of the following century.
- Author BiographyHenry Louis Gates, Jr. is Chairman of the Department of Afro-American Studies and W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.
- Author(s)Phillis Wheatley
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication01/12/1989
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Series TitleThe Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Notefrontispiece
- Weight288 g
- Width117 mm
- Height164 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Volume editorJohn C. Shields
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