The Trial of Phillis Wheatley by Ronald B. Wheatley

  • ASIN : B00I0D381C
  • Publication date : February 2, 2014
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1196 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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  • Print length : 243 pages
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Phillis Wheatley, a poet and a slave, has compiled a manuscript of poetry in Boston in 1773 amidst the riots, the violence, the political rancor of a minority of citizens, the Sons of Liberty, who deeply resent the British occupation of the City. This eighteen-year-old slave girl’s poetry was being compared to the poetry of Alexander Pope the poet laureate of England. As Phillis seeks out a publisher in Boston, the publishers review the manuscript and love what they see, but who would believe this slave girl only seven years out of Africa could write such verse. A publisher finally agrees to publish the manuscript on the condition that Phillis be tried by a jury of eighteen of the most eminent men in Boston to determine whether she is the true and sole author of the manuscript. If the jury agrees that she meets the two qualifications, they must unanimously sign an Attestation so stating. And that attestation will be published up front in the book of poetry