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The odyssey of Phillis Wheatley : a poet's journeys through American slavery and independence / David Waldstreicher.

Author/creator Waldstreicher, David author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023.
Copyright Notice ©2023
Descriptionviii, 480 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents The beginnings, the table, the tale -- The ship, the trade, the wars -- The town, the families, the youth -- The teachers -- The preachers -- The monarch, the poets, the subjects, the enslaved -- The nations -- The occupation -- The friends -- The women -- The proposal -- The movement -- The moment -- The campaign -- The metropolis -- The emancipation -- The patrons -- The book -- The readers -- The barbarians -- The Americans -- The free -- The ends -- The afterlives.
Abstract "A paradigm-shattering biography of Phillis Wheatley, whose poetry was at the heart of the American Revolution"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "Admired by George Washington, ridiculed by Thomas Jefferson, published in London, and read far and wide, Phillis Wheatley led one of the most extraordinary American lives. Seized in West Africa and forced into slavery as a child, she was sold to a merchant family in Boston, where she became a noted poet at a young age. Mastering the Bible, Greek and Latin translations, and the works of Pope and Milton, she composed elegies for local elites, celebrated political events, praised warriors, and used her verse to variously lampoon, question, and assert the injustice of her enslaved condition. 'Can I then but pray / Others may never feel tyrannic sway?' By doing so, she added her voice to a vibrant, multisided conversation about race, slavery, and discontent with British rule; before and after her emancipation, her verses shook up racial etiquette and used familiar forms to create bold new meanings. She demonstrated a complex but crucial fact of the times: that the American Revolution both strengthened and limited Black slavery. In this new biography, the historian David Waldstreicher offers the fullest account to date of Wheatley's life and works, correcting myths, reconstructing intimate friendships, and deepening our understanding of her verse and the revolutionary era. Throughout The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley, he demonstrates the continued vitality and resonance of a woman who wrote, in a founding gesture of American literature, 'Thy Power, O Liberty, makes strong the weak / And (wond'rous instinct) Ethiopians speak'." -- From publisher's description.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2022053331
ISBN9780809098248 hardcover
ISBN0809098245 hardcover
Standard identifier# 40031714547

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