New Essays on Phillis Wheatley

New Essays on Phillis Wheatley

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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 descriptionLike the story of Wrighta#39;s house catching fire, the Boston News-Letter carried the news of Wrighta#39;s departure. Leaving aside, for a moment, the discrepancy re- garding the first name, Patience Wright meets all the appropriate characteristics ofanbsp;...

Title:New Essays on Phillis Wheatley
Author: John C. Shields, Eric D. Lamore
Publisher:Univ. of Tennessee Press - 2011-05-30

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