A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Reader / Edition 1

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"This anthology--expertly edited by Francis Smith Foster--not only provides the first modern biography of Harper, but also illuminates her connection to the characteristics themes of women who preceded her and the transmittal of those themes...to 20th century writers like Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison."--New York Times Book Review
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The first autobiographical picture of Harper's life 1825-1911, this informative introduction approaches her through her complete extant works: speeches, poetry, letters, essays, short stories, and a chapter from her novel, Iola Leroy the second novel published by an African-American. Foster shows that Harper's work took on a national scope, focusing on race and gender equality, temperance, and Christian reform, and that these themes intensified as she continued writing well after the emancipation. Harper was the most popular African-American poet of her time; the first paid black abolitionist lecturer and short story writer; the first to experiment with dialect in the speech of her characters to express the sensibilities of the oppressed a technique usually credited to the younger Dunbar; and the first to develop heroic black characters. Foster maintains that the nation's racist reaction to emancipation and sexist reaction to the woman's movement at the turn of the century resulted in Harper's absence from the literary canon. Highly recommended.--Veronica Mitchell, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558610200
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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