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Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here. A high-resolution version of this object is available for registered users. LOG IN. Printed at London by A. Bell and sold in Boston by Cox and Berry. First edition copy. The first book of poetry by an African American. Bound in nineteenth century vellum, with heraldic bookplate with the name "Stainforth. Dedication to Countess of Huntington on 12 June Phillis Wheatley was brought from Africa at the age of seven or eight, taught to read and write in the family , and eventually began to write poetry, as her master describes in the prefatory material.
Contains 39 poems, none of which are over lines. Three pages of contents at the end. Pages have gilt edges. People: Wheatley, Phillis, Historical Era: American Revolution, Sub Era: Road to Revolution. Copyright Notice: The copyright law of the United States title 17, United States Code governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.
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John Wheatley, of Boston, in New England published 1 September is a collection of 39 poems written by Phillis Wheatley , the first professional African-American woman poet in America and the first African-American woman whose writings were published. Phillis Wheatley broke barriers as the first American black woman poet to be published, opening the door for future black authors. James Weldon Johnson , author, politician, diplomat and one of the first African-American professors at New York University , wrote of Wheatley that "she is not a great American poet—and in her day there were no great American poets—but she is an important American poet. Her importance, if for no other reason, rests on the fact that, save one, she is the first in order of time of all the women poets of America. And she is among the first of all American poets to issue a volume. Phillis Wheatley had gathered 28 poems and ran advertisements searching for subscribers in Boston newspapers in February with the aid of her mistress, Mrs.
Phillis Wheatley — poet. The first book published by an African American on the North American continent, first appeared early in September of Printed in London and backed by the British philanthropist Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, an earlier version of this book, which was to have been printed in Boston, was rejected for racist reasons. This projected volume of would have been quite different from that which actually did come out in September of the next year. While the proposals promise a volume that would probably have propelled Wheatley into the limelight as first poet for American Independence, eclipsing Philip Freneau's later claim to this distinction, the Poems is much less obviously political in nature. Yet Wheatley's structure is much more complex than that of her Latin predecessor.
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The Wheatley family took great interest in Phillis' education. According to the letter from John Wheatley included in the preface of her book, she learned English in just sixteen months and "as to her writing, her own curiosity led her to it These classical influences are present in her work in terms of both poetic form and classical allusions, though her most pervasive influences were arguably the Bible and eighteenth century evangelical Christianity. Wheatley published her first poem, "On Messrs.
Born around , the future poet was kidnapped from some part of Africa and transported to Boston aboard the slave ship Phillis in A frail child of not more than seven, she miraculously survived a transatlantic journey that killed nearly a quarter of her fellow-passengers a figure slightly higher than average for slave ships of that time. Only those unfit for work on the plantations—women, children, the elderly, sick, or disabled—continued on to Boston to be sold as domestic servants. Slavery was legal in all of the British colonies in the midth century, but African slaves were fairly uncommon in New England.
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