A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Reader

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The poetry, speeches, letters, and selected fiction of a leading nineteenth-century Black femimist writer and activist are accompanied by a biographical and critical study

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FRANCES SMITH FOSTER is a Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Women's Studies, the former director of the Emory Institute for Women's Studies, and the current chair of the English Department. She has received fellowships from institutions including Fulbright, the Harvard Divinity School, the W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard, and the International Theological Center. Her research affiliations include the Brandeis Feminist Sexual Ethics Project and the Emory Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Religion.

She has authored or edited fourteen books including Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1740-1892; A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Reader; and Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Collaborative projects include La Familia En Africa Y La Diaspora Africana/The Family in Africa and the African Diaspora, Norton Anthology of African American Literature, The Oxford Guide to African American Literature, and Norton Critical Edition of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

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The first autobiographical picture of Harper's life (1825-1911), this informative introduction approaches her through her complete extant works: speeches, poetry, letters, essays, short stories, and a chapter from her novel, Iola Leroy (the second novel published by an African-American). Foster shows that Harper's work took on a national scope, focusing on race and gender equality, temperance, and Christian reform, and that these themes intensified as she continued writing well after the emancipation. Harper was the most popular African-American poet of her time; the first paid black abolitionist lecturer and short story writer; the first to experiment with dialect in the speech of her characters to express the sensibilities of the oppressed (a technique usually credited to the younger Dunbar); and the first to develop heroic black characters. Foster maintains that the nation's racist reaction to emancipation and sexist reaction to the woman's movement at the turn of the century resulted in Harper's absence from the literary canon. Highly recommended.
-Veronica Mitchell, New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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