The Age of Phillis

Hardback edition released 02/04/2020

by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Part of the Wesleyan Poetry Series

The Age of Phillis Synopsis

In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and times of Wheatley: her childhood in the Gambia, West Africa, her life with her white American owners, her friendship with Obour Tanner, and her marriage to the enigmatic John Peters. Woven throughout are poems about Wheatley's age -the era that encompassed political, philosophical, and religious upheaval, as well as the transatlantic slave trade. For the first time in verse, Wheatley's relationship to black people and their individual mercies is foregrounded, and here we see her as not simply a racial or literary symbol, but a human being who lived and loved while making her indelible mark on history.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780819579492
Publication date: 2nd April 2020
Author: Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 200 pages
Primary Genre Poetry

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ISBN: 9780819579492
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About Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers is an associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and author of four books of poetry including The Glory Gets.

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