The Poems of Phillis Wheatley Book
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The Poems of Phillis Wheatley

  • Author : Phillis Wheatley
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN 10 : 0807842451

The Poems of Phillis Wheatley Excerpt :

Collects poems by the young Black slave with critical commentaries on her short career

Phillis Wheatley Book

Phillis Wheatley

  • Author : Phillis Wheatley
  • Publisher : Renard Press Ltd
  • Release Date : 2020-10-01
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913724146

Phillis Wheatley Excerpt :

In 1773, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral became the first book of poetry by an African-American author to be published. At the tender age of seven, Phillis had been brought to Massachusetts as a slave and sold to the well-to-do Wheatley family. There, she threw herself into education, and soon she was devouring the classics and writing verse with whatever she had to hand – odes in chalk on the walls of the house. Once her talent became known, there was uproar, and in 1772 she was interrogated by a panel of ‘the most respectable characters in Boston’ and forced to defend the ownership of her own words, since many believed that it was an impossible that she, an African-American slave, could write poetry of such high quality. As related in the 1834 memoir by an outspoken proponent of antislavery, B.B. Thatcher, also included in this volume, the road to publication was not straight, and while it became clear that such a volume could not be published in America at the time, Phillis was recommended to a London publisher, who brought out the book – albeit with an attestation as to her authorship, as well as a ‘letter from her master’ and a short preface asking the reader’s indulgence. This edition includes the attestation, the ‘letter from her master’ and notes from the original publishers as an appendix, so that the twenty-first-century reader can discover Phillis Wheatley as she should have been read – as a poet, not property. 'Elegant lines… the style and manner exhibit a striking proof of your great poetical talents.' — George Washington 'Quite too interesting to be passed over by the historian in utter silence.' — B.B. Thatcher

Complete Writings Book

Complete Writings

  • Author : Phillis Wheatley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2001-02-01
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 014042430X

Complete Writings Excerpt :

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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Being Brought from Africa to America   The Best of Phillis Wheatley Book

Being Brought from Africa to America The Best of Phillis Wheatley

  • Author : Phillis Wheatley
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2020-07-31
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN 10 : 9781528791021

Being Brought from Africa to America The Best of Phillis Wheatley Excerpt :

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753–1784) was an American freed slave and poet who wrote the first book of poetry by an African-American. Sold into a slavery in West Africa at the age of around seven, she was taken to North America where she served the Wheatley family of Boston. Phillis was tutored in reading and writing by Mary, the Wheatleys' 18-year-old daughter, and was reading Latin and Greek classics from the age of twelve. Encouraged by the progressive Wheatleys who recognised her incredible literary talent, she wrote "To the University of Cambridge” when she was 14 and by 20 had found patronage in the form of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon. Her works garnered acclaim in both England and the colonies and she became the first African American to make a living as a poet. This volume contains a collection of Wheatley's best poetry, including the titular poem “Being Brought from Africa to America”. Contents include: “Phillis Wheatley”, “Phillis Wheatley by Benjamin Brawley”, “To Maecenas”, “On Virtue”, “To the University of Cambridge”, “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty”, “On Being Brought from Africa to America”, “On the Death of the Rev. Dr. Sewell”, “On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield”, etc. Ragged Hand is proudly publishing this brand new collection of classic poetry with a specially-commissioned biography of the author.

Phillis Wheatley Book

Phillis Wheatley

  • Author : Vincent Carretta
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 2014-01-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780820346649

Phillis Wheatley Excerpt :

Carretta offers the first full-length biography of Phillis Wheatley (1753? 1784), who became the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman of any race or background to do so in America."

New Essays on Phillis Wheatley Book

New Essays on Phillis Wheatley

  • Author : John C. Shields
  • Publisher : Univ. of Tennessee Press
  • Release Date : 2011-05-30
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 406
  • ISBN 10 : 9781572337268

New Essays on Phillis Wheatley Excerpt :

The first African American to publish a book on any subject, poet Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784) has long been denigrated by literary critics who refused to believe that a black woman could produce such dense, intellectual work. In recent decades, however, Wheatley's work has come under new scrutiny as the literature of the eighteenth century and the impact of African American literature have been reconceived. Fourteen prominent Wheatley scholars consider her work from a variety of angles, affirming her rise into the first rank of American writers. --from publisher description.

Phillis Book


  • Author : Alison Clarke
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-10
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 1773851357

Phillis Excerpt :

Phillis Wheatley was the first African American to publish a book of poetry. In 1773, her book, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published to international acclaim. Wheatley was presented In London as "the African genius," and her writing was published in New England and England alike. Phillis Wheatley's name was known in households throughout literate North America. Yet Phillis Wheatley was a slave. In Phillis, Alison Clarke reaches through time to tell the story of this remarkable woman. Through a series of poems and prose-poems, Clarke presents Wheatley's world with depth and liveliness, reimagining the past for a modern audience while bringing sensibility and passion to the story of Wheatley's life. Wheatley's story is told in first-person poetry that illuminates significant chapters of her life, capturing the brilliant heights of her writing career along with the inevitable, brutal injustices she faced as an enslaved Black person in North America. Interspersed with poems written from the viewpoint of other people who were themselves inspired by Wheatley, this is a collection of poetry that celebrates the resilience and accomplishments of Black History in general and one remarkable woman in particular.

The Trials of Phillis Wheatley Book

The Trials of Phillis Wheatley

  • Author : Henry Louis Gates
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2010-10
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 100
  • ISBN 10 : 9781458715302

The Trials of Phillis Wheatley Excerpt :

In 1773, the slave Phillis Wheatley literally wrote her way to freedom. The first person of African descent to publish a book of poems in English, she was emancipated by her owners in recognition of her literary achievement. For a time, Wheatley was the most famous black woman in the West. But Thomas Jefferson, unlike his contemporaries Ben Franklin and George Washington, refused to acknowledge her gifts as a writer a repudiation that eventually inspired generations of black writers to build an extraordinary body of literature in their efforts to prove him wrong. In The Trials of Phillis Wheatley, Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the pivotal roles that Wheatley and Jefferson played in shaping the black literary tradition. Writing with all the lyricism and critical skill that place him at the forefront of American letters, Gates brings to life the characters, debates, and controversy that surrounded Wheatley in her day and ours.

The Negro in the United States Book

The Negro in the United States

  • Author : Dorothy Porter Wesley
  • Publisher : Omnigraphics Incorporated
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 313
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015042398407

The Negro in the United States Excerpt :

Identifies some 1,700 works about African Americans. Entries include full bibliographic information as well as Library of Congress call numbers and location in 11 major university libraries. Entries are arranged by subjects such as art, civil rights, folk tales, history, legal status, medicine, music, race relations, and regional studies. First published in 1970 by the Library of Congress.

Phillis s Big Test Book
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Phillis s Big Test

  • Author : Catherine Clinton
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2008-03-21
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547349084

Phillis s Big Test Excerpt :

In 1773, Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry. It was a great accomplishment that made her very famous. Only a year before, Phillis had had to take a test to prove that she was the actual author of these poems, because Phillis Wheatley was a slave. Who would believe that an African girl could be the author of such poetry? Phillis did! She believed in herself, and took every opportunity she could to make her life better. She believed in the power of her words, and her writing to prove her talent, and used the power of words to change a life.

Genius in Bondage Book

Genius in Bondage

  • Author : Vincent Carretta
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2021-05-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813183206

Genius in Bondage Excerpt :

Until fairly recently, critical studies and anthologies of African American literature generally began with the 1830s and 1840s. Yet there was an active and lively transatlantic black literary tradition as early as the 1760s. Genius in Bondage situates this literature in its own historical terms, rather than treating it as a sort of prologue to later African American writings. The contributors address the shifting meanings of race and gender during this period, explore how black identity was cultivated within a capitalist economy, discuss the impact of Christian religion and the Enlightenment on definitions of freedom and liberty, and identify ways in which black literature both engaged with and rebelled against Anglo-American culture.

Poems and Letters Book

Poems and Letters

  • Author : Phillis Wheatley
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1969
  • Genre: African American poets
  • Pages : 111
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105035042832

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The Age of Phillis Book
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The Age of Phillis

  • Author : Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-20
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9780819579515

The Age of Phillis Excerpt :

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 Honorée 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. mothering #1 Yaay, Someplace in the Gambia, c. 1753 after the after-birth is delivered the mother stops holding her breath the mid-wife gives what came before her just-washed pain her insanity pain an undeserved pain a God-given pain oh oh oh pain drum-talking pain witnessing pain Allah a mother offers You this gift prays You find it acceptable her living pain her creature pain her pretty-little-baby pain