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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 century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195060850
ISBN-10: 0195060857
Format: Paperback
(164mm x 117mm x 25mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1989
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - 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 University.

Books By Author Phillis Wheatley

Poems of Phillis Wheatley by Phillis Wheatley

The Poems of Phillis Wheatley

Paperback, June 2010
Poems on Various Subjects by Phillis Wheatley

Poems on Various Subjects

Paperback / softback, December 2008
Complete Writings by Phillis Wheatley

Complete Writings

Paperback, May 2002
Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley by Phillis Wheatley

The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley

Hardback, April 1988