The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley

The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley

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Phillis 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 more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 116.84 x 162.56 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195060857
  • 9780195060850

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About Phillis Wheatley

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is Chairman of the Department of Afro-American Studies and W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard more

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