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The Collected Works of Phillis Wheatley

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The past two decades have seen a dramatic resurgence of interest in black women writers, as authors such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison have come to dominate the larger Afro-American literary landscape. Yet the works of the writers who founded and nurtured the black women's literary tradition--nineteenth-century Afro-American women--have remained buried in research ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1988)
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Joel Pelanne
Feb 22, 2010 Joel Pelanne rated it liked it
Some really beautiful poems in here, and on the whole it's absolutely worth reading. But by the umpteenth "Poem to _____ upon the death of his/her/their daughter/infant son/beloved spouse" my eyes were starting to glaze over a little bit. Still glad I read it, and I can see myself coming back to a number of passages.
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Aug 02, 2011 Mrs. C. rated it really liked it
Today's editors of American literature textbooks for high school students try to present Phillis Wheatley as a feminist voice of an American revolutionary. She may have been those things, but first and foremost Ms. Wheatley gives all the glory to Jesus Christ. It's sad how things get "edited out" (censored) in today's publishing houses.
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Phillis Wheatley (1753 – December 5, 1784?) was the first professional African American poet and the first African-American woman whose writings were published. Born in Gambia, Senegal, she was enslaved at age eight. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and helped encourage her poetry.


Born about 1753 in West Africa, she was kidnapped in 1763 and tak
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