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Complete Writings

Complete Writings - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140424300

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ISBN13: 978-0140424300
ISBN10: 014042430X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 2001
International: No

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Complete Writings - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140424300

Phillis Wheatley

ISBN13: 978-0140424300
ISBN10: 014042430X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

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.

Author Bio

Wheatley, Phillis :

Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784) was born in western Africa, most likely in present-day Gambia or Ghana. Having failed to find an American publisher for a second volume of her works, Wheatley died in Boston largely forgotten and impoverished.

Carretta, Vincent : University of Maryland, College Park

Vincent Carretta, professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, edited the Penguin Classics editions of the work of Olaudah Equiano, Ignatius Sancho, and Ottobah Cugoano.

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