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Essays : Including Biographies and Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose and Poetry - Ann Plato

Essays

Including Biographies and Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose and Poetry

By: Ann Plato

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Published: 14th April 1988
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These writings, which first appeared in 1841, tell us much about the writer herself and the city in which she lived: Hartford, Connecticut. A cultural centre of the new nation, the city's Congregationalism, its free black society, and local literary tradition, are all reflected in Ann Plato's work. The topics that dominate are her ardent Christianity, her belief in education as a means of advancement, and her romantic preoccupation with death and, occasionally, racial issues.

"Never before reprinted outside of original publication."--Publishers Weekly "She may have gone somewhere in Europe. She may have moved to the West or to Canada. Or she may have died....The sixteen didactic essays are simple in style and uncomplicated in thought. Their merit rests in the fact that they have been preserved and display some historic continuity between the early Afro-American writers and those of the post-Civil War period. She is an early example of an apparently young woman determined to live in an antagonistic culture without becoming antagonistic, proving to herself and to her world that the concerns of life are neither 'black' nor 'white' but are simply human concerns. ...As she examined piety and offered tributes to her friendes, as she wrote essays that were in essence catechisms for those who wished to live devout lives, and as she wrote verses on various subjects, she plaintively seems to remind later generations: 'Forget me not.'"--Kenny J. Williams, from his Introduction "Never before reprinted outside of original publication."--Publishers Weekly "She may have gone somewhere in Europe. She may have moved to the West or to Canada. Or she may have died....The sixteen didactic essays are simple in style and uncomplicated in thought. Their merit rests in the fact that they have been preserved and display some historic continuity between the early Afro-American writers and those of the post-Civil War period. She is an early example of an apparently young woman determined to live in an antagonistic culture without becoming antagonistic, proving to herself and to her world that the concerns of life are neither 'black' nor 'white' but are simply human concerns. ...As she examined piety and offered tributes to her friendes, as she wrote essays that were in essence catechisms for those who wished to live devout lives, and as she wrote verses on various subjects, she plaintively seems to remind later generations: 'Forget me not.'"--Kenny J. Williams, from his Introduction

ISBN: 9780195052473
ISBN-10: 0195052471
Series: The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 14th April 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.0 x 12.3  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.2