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The Resource Phillis Wheatley : biography of a genius in bondage, Vincent Carretta

Phillis Wheatley : biography of a genius in bondage, Vincent Carretta

Label
Phillis Wheatley : biography of a genius in bondage
Title
Phillis Wheatley
Title remainder
biography of a genius in bondage
Statement of responsibility
Vincent Carretta
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Reveals the fascinating life of Phillis Wheatley, the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book, and only the second woman to do so in America, and also to do so while she was a slave and a teenager
  • 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, marketing, 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 In the course of his research he discovered the earliest poem attributable to Wheatley and has included it and other unpublished poems in the biography.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 center 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. - Publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Carretta, Vincent
Dewey number
  • 811/.1
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PS866.W5
LC item number
Z5827 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wheatley, Phillis
  • African American women poets
  • Poets, American
  • Slaves
  • Women
Label
Phillis Wheatley : biography of a genius in bondage, Vincent Carretta
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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" -- "An elegy on leaving"
Control code
719714733
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 279 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780820333380
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011016374
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)719714733
Label
Phillis Wheatley : biography of a genius in bondage, Vincent Carretta
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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" -- "An elegy on leaving"
Control code
719714733
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 279 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780820333380
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011016374
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)719714733

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