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Collected Poems of Frances E. W. Harper : The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers - Frances E. W. Harper

Collected Poems of Frances E. W. Harper

The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers

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Published: 14th April 1988
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Frances Harper was renowned in her lifetime not only as an activist who rallied on behalf of blacks, women, and the poor, but as a pioneer of the tradition of 'protest' literature, whose immense popularity did much to develop an audience for poetry in America. This collection of her poems is drawn from ten volumes published between 1854 and 1901. Their main issues are oppression, Christianity, and social and moral reform. Consolidating the oral tradition and the ballad form, and merging dramatic details and imagery with a strong political and racial awareness, Harper's poetry represented a distinctly Afro-American discourse that was to inspire generations of black writers.

"Probably the first black woman to make a living from her writing."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr. quoted in the Washington Post Book World "Probably the first black woman to make a living from her writing."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr. quoted in the Washington Post Book World "A thorough compilation that adds another dimension to our understanding of Frances Harper."--Tyrone Williams, Xavier University

ISBN: 9780195052442
ISBN-10: 0195052447
Series: The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 14th April 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 12.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.3