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The Trials of Phillis Wheatley

America's First Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers

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The Trials of Phillis Wheatley by Henry Gates
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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 writera 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.

Author Biography

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. His books include coloured People, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man, and In Search of Our Roots. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Release date Australia
January 12th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Basic Civitas Books
Pages
144
Dimensions
127x190x7
ISBN-13
9780465018505
Product ID
3227226

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