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Complete Writings (Penguin Classics) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Phillis Wheatley

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1. Februar 2001 Penguin Classics
In 1761, a young girl arrived in Boston on a slave ship, sold to the Wheatley family, and given the name Phillis Wheatley. Struck by Phillis' extraordinary precociousness, the Wheatleys provided her with an education that was unusual for a woman of the time and astonishing for a slave. After studying English and classical literature, geography, the Bible, and Latin, Phillis published her first poem in 1767 at the age of 14, winning much public attention and considerable fame. When Boston publishers who doubted its authenticity rejected an initial collection of her poetry, Wheatley sailed to London in 1773 and found a publisher there for Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

This volume collects both Wheatley's letters and her poetry: hymns, elegies, translations, philosophical poems, tales, and epyllions--including a poignant plea to the Earl of Dartmouth urging freedom for America and comparing the country's condition to her own. With her contemplative elegies and her use of the poetic imagination to escape an unsatisfactory world, Wheatley anticipated the Romantic Movement of the following century. The appendices to this edition include poems of Wheatley's contemporary African-American poets: Lucy Terry, Jupiter Harmon, and Francis Williams.

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"What a marvelous edition of Phillis Wheatley's COMPLETE WRITINGS Vincent Carretta has produced for Penguin Classics. Here are all her poems including extant verse not included in her first volume as well as variants of others. Here are also her letters and the important proposals for her volumes of poetry. Additionally, Carretta has added work by her black contemporaries Lucy Terry Prince, Jupiter Hammon, and Francis Williams to help readers contextualize black literary activity in the late eighteenth century. Carretta has also written an illuminating introduction and included suggestions for further read and notes. In short, this is a fantastic edition for the specialist, the student, and the informed general reader. It will be widely used." --Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola, Univ of Arkansas at Little Rock

"Vincent Carretta's edition of the works of Phillis Wheatley is the definitive collection of her work. Expertly edited, it is a masterpiece of textual scholarship. Every scholar and student seeking to understand Wheatley's life and work will want to obtain this book." --Henry Louis Gates


A full and rich collection of Wheatley's poetry and writings: from letters and tales, to hymns and elegies, translations and philosophical poems. With her contemplative elegies and her use of the poetic imagination to escape an unsatisfactory world, Wheatley anticipated the Romantic Movement of the following century, while shedding light on the injustice of her condition.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen A vital foremother of African-American literature 23. September 2001
Von Michael J. Mazza - Veröffentlicht auf
"Complete Writings" brings together a rich collection of the work of Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784). The book has been edited by Vincent Carretta, who also provides an introduction and notes. Wheatley, a Black African-born woman, was taken from her homeland as a child and sold into slavery in the United States. Her owners provided her with an excellent education, and she became a poet: indeed, a foremother of African-American poetry.
This volume contains Wheatley's poems, including the contents of her historic collection "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" (1773).The book also contains more than 20 of her letters, thus allowing readers to appreciate her prose style. As appendixes, the book also contains the writings of three other pioneering New World poets of African heritage: Lucy Terry Prince (c. 1730-1821), Jupiter Hammon (1711-c. 1806), and Francis Williams (c. 1700-c. 1770). Seeing the works of these Black poets helps one to read Wheatley's work in a larger context.
Yes, one could say that some of Wheatley's work is derivative and repetitive. But the best of her poetry is truly extraordinary: technically impressive, moving, and thought-provoking. Much of her work is animated by her fervent evangelical Christian beliefs. But particularly significant are those poems that articulate an African or African-American consciousness. The most noteworthy of her poems invite careful re-reading. And the collection of her letters creates a fascinating portrait of a young African-American woman striving to create a career for herself as a literary artist in the 18th century. This book is essential for those with a serious interest in U.S. history and literature, as well as for those with an interest in African Diaspora studies.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I love Phillis Wheatley! 9. Mai 2013
Von David C. Roller - Veröffentlicht auf
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She is humble, and intelligent, and loves the Lord. I adore her poetry and writings. She makes me want to be thankful for my lot in life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Susannah Wheatley - America's first stage mother. 20. Juli 2014
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The Trial of Phillis WheatleyIf you want to learn about Phillis Wheatley and her poetry, this book is a wonderful place to start. I referred to it often as a research source as I wrote my produced play "The Trial of Phillis Wheatley." The extremely well researched book goes beyond the poetry, and provides prose, as in letters that Phillis wrote, and also an historical insight on her life in Boston as a household slave of the Wheatley family there. What I found particularly of interest was the author's portrayal of Susannah Wheatley, devout Christian member of the Old South Church and mistress of the Wheatley household who recruited her teen-age twins, Mary and Nathaniel, to direct their energies to help tutor Phillis. This treatment led me to the conclusion that Susannah Wheatley must have become America's first "stage mother" in her support of Phillis and her poetry.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful light in a dark world. 4. April 2011
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I read about Miss Wheatley by chance and wanted to know if what I read in a tidbit was indeed the treasure of her life. Make this a reading that you can emerce your thoughts in the time, conditions, and unpardonable cruelty only to see this rose of the display Glory of God bloom in your minds eye.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Phillis Wheatley 4. April 2014
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Talk about an educated woman! Americans could only hope for such an education that this woman got at the home of her master. Slavery as awful as it was anywhere in history, (and even worse in present day!) there are those remarkable stories where some fared well, and were able to go farther than they ever would have in their native country. She was quite an accomplished young lady who got to see the world from a privileged position. Her writings are 1700's university level. Inspiring! In first person, original writings.
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