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... and America, the calming but equally effective night represents freedom and Africa, thereby allowing for the personal and creative freedom not only for Wheatley but for all earthly and heavenly creatures as well. The next stanza further drivesanbsp;...
|Title||:||New Essays on Phillis Wheatley|
|Author||:||John C. Shields, Eric D. Lamore|
|Publisher||:||Univ. of Tennessee Press - 2011-05-30|