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Known as the "Bronze Muse," Harper's body of work includes essays, poems, novels, and short stories. Her essays appeared in a number of popular periodicals of the day. Her first two collections of poetry sold 50,000 copies and her first volume saw as many as twenty editions. Prior to the publication of her novel, Iola Leroy: or Shadows Uplifted, three other serialized novels were published. And her short stories are generally considered the first to be published by a black American.
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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's amazing career spanned more than seven decades. In an amazing career that spanned more than seven decades, Harper earned the respect and recognition of her peers as well as of the everyday person--both white and black--as a lecturer and orator, activist, abolitionist,, novelist, essayist, and poet. To her many admirers, she was known as the "Bronze Muse" of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and was one of the most celebrated black Americans of her day to produce black--and universal--literature. Harper often spoke before standing room only crowds who came to hear her denounce slavery, uplift the black race, and call for togetherness at a time when the United States was embroiled in the Civil War. The famous lecturer and poet saw herself as the "voice of the people"--as a representative for the silent people who were unable to speak for themselves. One might say that Harper was the Martin Luther King Jr. of her day, for she was relentless in her pursuit of justice. She was born on September 24, 1825 in Baltimore and until her death of heart failure in Philadelphia in 1911, Harper remained active in the several reform organizations to which she belonged. Lately, Harper's work has been on a steady upswing. To be a part of this resurgence of a great talent is a tremendous opportunity for me. After reading her works, I was amazed by the profundity of this important figure in American literature.Review:
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was "the most popular African-American writer of the nineteenth century..." -- Frances Smith Foster, Editor, A Brighter Coming Day
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was "the most popular African-American writer of the nineteenth century but also one of the most important woman in United States history." --Frances Smith Foster, Editor, A Brighter Coming Day
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Book Description Post Oak Publications, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111892616017
Book Description Post Oak Publications, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1892616017