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New essays on Phillis Wheatley

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
Print Book, English, ©2011
University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, ©2011
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xxv, 406 pages ; 24 cm
9781572337268, 1572337265
Examining new manifestations of classicism in the poetics of Phillis Wheatley
Placing Phillis Wheatley in newly applied historical contexts