• The Age of Phillis by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

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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.


  • Series:Wesleyan Poetry
  • Format:
    • Hardback
    • 200 pages
  • Publisher:University Press of New England
  • Imprint:Wesleyan University Press
  • ISBN:9780819579492
  • Published:2 Apr 2020
  • Classifications:
    • Poetry
  • Readership:
    • Professional & Vocational
  • Weight:500g
  • Dimensions:161 x 237 x 28 (mm)
  • Pub. Country:United States