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Amazing grace: an anthology of poems about slavery, 1660-1810

Amazing grace: an anthology of poems about slavery, 1660-1810

Basker, James G

This landmark volume is the first anthology of poetic writings on slavery from America, Britain and the Atlantic during the Englightenment - the crucial period that saw the height of the slave trade but also the origins of the anti-slavery movement

Paperback, Book. English.
Published New Haven, Conn.; London: Yale University Press, 2005
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Statement of responsibility: edited by James G. Basker
ISBN: 0300107579, 9780300107579
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: 2002.
Physical Description: 784 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Slavery; English poetry 19th century.; English poetry 18th century.; Slave trade Poetry.; 17th century; English poetry; English poetry Early modern, 1500-1700.; Anthologies; Slavery Poetry.; 18th century; Slave trade

Author note

James G. Basker is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English, Barnard College, Columbia University.


"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