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Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    From the back cover of the paperback edition:

    Although the colonies in the West Indies were as important to the expanding British empire as those in North America, writings from the British West Indies have been conspicuously absent from anthologies of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature. In this first literary anthology dedicated to the region, Thomas W. Krise gathers important but little-known descriptions, poems, narratives, satires, and essays written in and about this culturally rich and politically tempestuous region. Highlights include several of the earliest protests against slavery; a superb ode by the Cambridge-educated Afro-Jamaican poet Francis Williams; James Grainger's extended georgic poem, *The Sugar Cane;* Frances Seymour's poignant tale of the Englishman Inkle who sells his Indian savior-lover Yarico into slavery; and several descriptions of the West Indies during the early years of settlement. 'Rethinking the orthodoxies of American historiography has reached the payoff stage in the appearance of books like this. An anthology of Caribbean writings is an obviously essential resource for teaching the history and culture of the Americas, but this obviousness has not been long apparent. Thomas Krise's *Caribbeana* makes it abundantly so.' --Myra Jehlen, Rutgers University, coeditor of *English Literatures of America: 1500-1800* 'A wonderfully inclusive compilation, *Caribbeana* introduces a field of literature too long neglected. Just as economic and social historians are revealing hidden worlds of creativity and resilience within the oppressive world of sugar and slavery that was the English West Indies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, so this splendid collection uncovers a richly flavored verbal culture that had a significant impact on the print media of its day.' --B. W. Higman, Australian National University, author of *Slave Populations of the British Caribbean, 1807-1834* '*Caribbeana* represents a superb blending of early English West Indian voices, black and white, and a balanced mixture of poetry and prose. As such, it will be enormously useful for classes in early modern Caribbean studies, both historical and literary.' --Jack P. Greene, The Johns Hopkins University, author of *Interpreting Early America: Historiographical Essays* Thomas W. Krise is associate professor of English and executive officer of the Air Force Humanities Institute at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He grew up in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, which sparked his interest in Caribbean literature. The University of Chicago Press ISBN: 0-226-45392-8 pbk Cover illustration: 'Night-blowing Cereus or Queen of the Night' (*Selenicereus grandiflorus*). Mezzotint by Dunkerton from *The Temple of Flora* (1799-1801) by Robert Thornton.

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