Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery, 1660-1810 / Edition 1

Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery, 1660-1810 / Edition 1

by James G. Basker
     
 

Bringing together more than 400 poems and poetic excerpts on slavery by writers both famous and unknown, this landmark anthology charts the emergence of slavery in the collective consciousness of the English-speaking world.
“The most definitive collection of anti-slavery sentiment in verse yet compiled, essential reading for historians and literary critics… See more details below

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Bringing together more than 400 poems and poetic excerpts on slavery by writers both famous and unknown, this landmark anthology charts the emergence of slavery in the collective consciousness of the English-speaking world.
“The most definitive collection of anti-slavery sentiment in verse yet compiled, essential reading for historians and literary critics alike. . . . A major contribution.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
“An astounding literary and editorial achievement.”—David Blight, Yale University
“Comprehensive. . . . The illuminating introduction . . . sets forth, economically and helpfully, the larger historical context (material, religious, legal, political) that gave rise to these poems. . . . (Basker’s) list of bibliographical sources . . . makes the book of permanent scholarly value. . . . The historical interest [of Amazing Grace] is exceptional.”—Helen Vendler, New Republic
“Monumental in scope, vision, and editorial skill.”—Choice
“A big, moving book, vital reading for any student of the subject.”—Hugo Worthy, Antiquarian Book Review
Amazing Grace adds incomparably rich sources to our understanding of the cultural changes in the Anglo-American world that made antislavery movements both possible and eventually effective.”—David Brion Davis, Yale University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107579
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/08/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
784
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.10(d)

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