178 pages, 6.73 × 4.88 × 0.63 in
May 1, 1993
Oxford University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0195052471
ISBN - 13: 9780195052473
From the Publisher
"Ann Plato was the first black to publish a collection of essays, in 1841."--Newsweek
About the Author
Plato (c. 427-c. 347 BC) was an immensely influential ancient Greek philosopher, a student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens where Aristotle studied. Kenny J. Williams is at Duke University.
From Our Editors
In 1841 Ann Plato's Essays; Including Biographies and Miscellaneous Pieces, in Prose and Poetry appeared. Printed for the author at Hartford, Connecticut, and containing an introduction by the famous abolitionist, Reverend Dr. James W.C. Pennington, the work not only reveals much about an extraordinary black woman but also reminds us again of the city - now overshadowed by other urban centers - that was a cultural center of the new nation.
"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