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Phillis Wheatley : biography of a genius in bondage

Author: Vincent Carretta
Publisher: Athens ; London : The University of Georgia Press, 2014. ©2011
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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With Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773), Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) became the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman--of any race or background-- to do so in America. Written in Boston while she was just a teenager, and when she was still a slave, Wheatley's work was an international sensation. In Phillis Wheatley, Vincent Carretta offers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version: Carretta, Vincent.
Phillis Wheatley.
Athens ; London : The University of Georgia Press, 2014
(OCoLC)892063097
Named Person: Phillis Wheatley; Phillis Wheatley
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vincent Carretta
ISBN: 9780820347042 0820347043 0820346640 9780820346649
OCLC Number: 1050437041
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 279 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Contents: "On being brought from Africa to America" --
"Thoughts on the works of Providence" --
"I prefer the verse" --
"A wonder of the age indeed!" --
"A farewell to America" --
"Now upon my own footing" --
"The uncertain duration of all things temporal."
Responsibility: Vincent Carretta.

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With Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773), Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) became the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman--of any race or background-- to do so in America. Written in Boston while she was just a teenager, and when she was still a slave, Wheatley's work was an international sensation. In Phillis Wheatley, Vincent Carretta offers the first full-length biography of a figure whose origins and later life have remained shadowy despite her iconic status.A scholar with extensive knowledge of transatlantic literature and history, Carretta uncovers new details about Wheatley's origins, her upbringing, and how she gained freedom. Carretta solves the mystery of John Peters, correcting the record of when he and Wheatley married and revealing what became of him after her death. Assessing Wheatley's entire body of work, Carretta discusses the likely role she played in the production, market--ing, and distribution of her writing. Wheatley developed a remarkable transatlantic network that transcended racial, class, political, religious, and geographical boundaries.Carretta reconstructs that network and sheds new light on her religious and political identities. In the course of his research he discovered the earliest poem attributable to Wheatley and has included it and other unpublished poems in the biography.Carretta relocates Wheatley from the margins to the centre of her eighteenth-century transatlantic world, revealing the fascinating life of a woman who rose from the indignity of enslavement to earn wide recognition, only to die in obscurity a few years later.

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"This is a satisfying study of the 'elusive' Wheatley, fleshed out with succinct, discerning readings of the body of her work. . . . Especially noteworthy is the book's attentiveness to Wheatley's Read more...

 
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