Born in Senegal/Gambia in about 1753, poet Phillis Wheatley was brought to Boston, Massachusetts, on a slave ship in 1761 and was purchased by John Wheatley as a personal servant to his wife. The Wheatleys educated Phillis and she soon mastered Latin and Greek, going on to write highly acclaimed poetry. She published her first poem in 1767 and her first volume of verse, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, in 1773. Having been freed from slavery, she later married and struggled financially, with Wheatley unable to find a publisher for her second volume of poems. She died in Boston on December 5,
American writer, Edgar Allan Poe wrote short stories, poems and as a critic during the Romantic Era. Due to several losses of loved ones, Poe’s elevated control of his language was inspired from his emotional turmoils. With no real relationship with his biological family, Poe established a loving relationship with his foster mother. The two main inspirations for Poe and his work were his mother and his wife. Taking his emotion, philosophical, and artistic ideals, Poe distinguished symbolism between the inspirations of his imagination and life experiences and became one of the front-runners of modern literature.
To remain a practicing attorney and to avoid discovery, William took his illegitimate daughter and her mother to London. While there, William would dress Anne as a boy and call her Andy, “pretending that she was the child of a relative entrusted to his care” (Rediker, 102). His ruse failed and the three were discovered. They were forced to move again, this time to Charlestown, South Carolina. At first, things didn’t go very well in the Carolinas either.
The book “The House of Spirits”, by Isabel Allende, is the story of the Trueba family and the chaos happening during the story. The patriarch was Esteban Trueba is narrating the story from his wife’s point of view, from the journals she kept of everything around her before her death. Esteban's wife was named Clara, she had special abilities that let her predict the future and communicate with spirits, she is quiet and caring and is the only one who calms her husband down.Esteban is a hot headed man who runs for senator and has specific paths for his family, which they do not follow. The trueba children are Blanca, Nicolas, and Jaime they all deceive their father by not following his views and opinions. Blanca’s daughter is Alba, she is the
The short story, The Mark of the Beast, written by Rudyard Kipling uses conflict through the characters to prove all choices have consequences. Kipling’s parents were John and Alice Kipling. Mr. Kipling was an artist as well as a teacher of architectural sculpting. At age five, “... his parents sent him and his sister [Trix] to England, partly to avoid health problems, but also so they could begin their schooling” (“Rudyard Kipling”, poetryfoundation.org).
Chopin herself experienced a substantial history of alcohol use and abuse in her family, and she often wrote about this subject in her fiction. Her son was a heavy alcohol abuser whose “marriage ended in divorce because of his drinking” (Toth, Unveiling, 240). Family alcohol abuse also notably inspired Chopin’s other novel, At Fault (self-published in 1890), in which a heroine, Fanny, is described by Lewis Leary as being “hopelessly in the power of drink” (71). Emily Toth has written of the public’s and of critics’ marked failure to understand At Fault’s primary theme. Toth argues that Chopin’s first novel shows a woman drinking as a means of dealing with male oppression in a rigidly patriarchal society (“Kate Chopin on Divine Love” 118-20).
Angelou was, “Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1928 abandoned by both her parents when they divorced ” (Ramey 1). Since her parents got a divorce when she was a baby, this could be one more reason to believe in heaven and God. She grow up in the 1930s, and as an adult, “She has been at various times in her life a streetcar conductor, Creole cook, madam, prostitute, junkie, singer, actress, and civil-rights activist” (Ramey 1). Being well rounded like this inspired her to write poems like “Preacher, Don’t Send Me”. Angelou experience in the south was racially divided for example she explains, “ the racial separation of the town, and the innumerable incidents of denigration which made life in the south an abomination against God and man” (Cudjoe 28).
She struggled with her religion, children, poetry, societal norms, and more. 2 Reading the introduction / biography, what is Bradstreet 's background? Is she "American" by choice? Discuss. Anne was born in England, but was forced to leave with her family when her father was accused of helping fugitives.
My name is Collier White and my great-great-great-great-great- grandmother wrote a memoir of my family’s difficult trip from England to The United States of America in the 1700s. Her name was Sarah J. Picken Cohen. I did not know her but I can tell that she was involved in my family’s story. She was involved by sharing our story in special places and sharing the memoir with lots of people. Her book was called Henry Luria or The Little Jewish Convert.
An example of people who spoke out for rights is Giles Corey and Martha Corey. Giles Corey fights for his wife, Martha Corey's, right to read books. In the climax of Act 2 of The Crucible, Giles argues: They take my wife. I never said my wife were a witch, Mr. Hale; I only said she were reading books… That bloody mongrel Walcott charge her. Y’see, he buy a pig of my wife four or five year ago… and claims that from that day to this he cannot keep a pig alive for more than four weeks because my Martha bewitch them with her books.