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Phillis Wheatley: Negro Slave Of Mr. John Wheatley Of Boston

Marilyn Jensen

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ISBN 10: 0874603269 / ISBN 13: 9780874603262
Published by Lion Books, 1987
Condition: fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. 233 pp. plus epilogue and bibliography. Presumed first edition. A fine, fresh example in bright, crisp dust jacket. Biography of American poet Phillis Wheatley, brought to Boston as a slave in 1761 as a child. She was purchased by an affluent merchant, John Wheatley, whose wife took pity on the child; the couple took her into their home where she thrived and was educated. She became colonial America's first black poet whose fame spread so far that she was presented to England's Royal Court and enjoyed an audience witn George Washington. Bookseller Inventory # GE13228

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Title: Phillis Wheatley: Negro Slave Of Mr. John ...

Publisher: Lion Books

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

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Recounts the life of the young African girl who came to America as a slave and became a poet at the age of twelve

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YA Most books about slavery in the U.S. depict only plantation slavery common in the South. This title is noteworthy because it is set in Boston during the Revolutionary era, and by the circumstances of Phyllis Wheatley's life which demonstrate a different side of the cruelties of slavery as an institution. Wheatley was seven when bought by John Wheatley; she was educated by Wheatley's wife as if she were her daughter. Phyllis Wheatley became the first black poet in Colonial America, and her fame caused her to be invited to England to meet the King. Upon her master's death, Wheatley's fortunes changed quickly as she found it difficult to make her own way as a freed slave. Jensen writes as if this were a novel, but it is a biography that comes to life. Readers will applaud Wheatley's apparent freedom as her fame builds, and cry when the grim reality of her last years sets in. Readers interested in the institution of slavery or in American literature of the Colonial period will appreciate the historical authenticity; lovers of biography will enjoy a well written, if ultimately tragic, account of a Boston slave's life in the late 18th Century. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire

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