Cousin Phillis – a miniature masterpiece – is set in the 1840s, when the coming of the railway was changing the face of England, and quiet rural communities, coming into contact with the outside world, were changed forever. The story focuses on the effect these changes have on a naïve country girl, Phillis, as she encounters love, with all its pains and pleasures, for the first time. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Marsh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000614/bk_naxo_000614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author of the prize-wining and best-selling historical novel A Song of Africa, Ronald Wheatley turns his attention to the tumultuous days on the eve of the American Revolution in a courtroom drama that brings to life Boston slave poet Phillis Wheatley on trial before eighteen of the most eminent men of the Town. Her "crime", the God-given gift enabling her to compose poetry capable of touching the soul - words so brilliantly crafted that her work would be compared to England's Poet Laureate, Alexander Pope. Surely no mere slave could have written the finest poetry produced in the colonies. The outcome will determine not only Phillis' fate, but also a course of a young nation. On the eve of the American Revolution in the fall of 1772, 18-year-old Phillis Wheatley, the household slave of John and Susanna Wheatley, was invited to appear before 18 of Boston's most prominent men in the Governor's Council Chamber in Boston to defend the premise that she was the author of a collection of poems. The so-called "jury" was comprised of the most prominent men in Boston. This was not a jury of her peers but rather one comprised of all white, all male, and largely middle-aged men. There is no transcript of that proceeding. The Trial of Phillis Wheatley is a courtroom docudrama "depicting" what occurred in that room that day. The final verdict would change the course of American history. The Trial of Phillis Wheatley has been named Best Book published (indie list) in 2015. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosemary Benson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030718/bk_acx0_030718_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The tale of a rural habitation in the late 19th century and the effect of industrialisation on the local community. Seventeen-year-old Phillis lives on Hope Farm with her parents Minister Ebenezer Holman and his simple wife. Her second cousin Paul Manning, at first reluctantly, comes to visit. He is the son of a rising inventor from Birmingham and is employed as a clerk to Edward Holdsworth, the managing engineer of a railway company laying a line close to the farm. When Paul introduces his new employer and friend to Phillis he little realises the traumatic effect this will have on the young girl. Elizabeth Gaskell is never judgemental and sketches a subtle portrait of an unsophisticated mode of living that once touched by irresistible forces will never be the same again. About Assembled Stories: Over the years the national press have reviewed Assembled Stories titles as ‘excellent’, ‘remarkable’, ‘entrancing’, ‘superb’, ‘magic for sure’, ‘masterly’, ‘wonderful’, ‘a class act’ and ‘a splendid example of audio at its best’. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Joyce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/assm/000009/bk_assm_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Margaretta Matilda Odell's 1834 Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley is the only substantive early source on Wheatley's life. Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784) is considered the first African American poet to write for a transatlantic audience, and her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773) kindled debates about race. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Summers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/yurt/000496/bk_yurt_000496_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Phillis Wheatley was just another child kidnapped into slavery from Senegal, until she began to show enormous intellectual promise, eventually shocking a room of Boston scholars by translating Ovid at the age of 14. Wheatley would go on to become a major voice in the American literary scene and would pave the way for African American writers to come. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allyson Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000351/bk_adbl_000351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elizabeth Gaskell, famed author of Cranford, is cherished for her incise social observations and portrayals of the changing nature of English life through the Industrial Revolution of the Victorian era. In Cousin Phillis, Paul Manning has only recently left home to work on the railway line for the dashing Mr Holdsworth.Lodging with an Independent Minister on the outskirts of London, he becomes acquainted with his distant cousins, where he is delighted to meet his genial relations, and not least his cousin Phyllis. But when Phyllis falls for the charms of his more sophisticated colleague, Manning's family ties render him powerless to prevent the inevitable heartbreak that ensues. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicola Bonn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crte/000117/bk_crte_000117_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The world is a severe schoolmaster, for its frowns are less dangerous than its smiles and flatteries, and it is a difficult task to keep in the path of wisdom. (Phillis Wheatley) Phillis Wheatley has always been a difficult figure for people to wrap their minds around, both during her life and centuries after it. Indeed, she fits no easy stereotypes that historians or contemporaries liked to use to classify their subjects. Her "career" has always escaped definition. In the 18th century, enslaved people were not supposed to have been educated, certainly not to the level that Wheatley was, nor were they supposed to have creative abilities beyond those taught to them by their masters. In a time and place where slaves were rarely taught to read, they were obviously not expected to write better poetry than the vast majority of their peers. But if Wheatley refused to be placed in a box and labeled during her life, that has been even more the case after her death. Given that she was a child who was transported from Africa and raised in slavery, her poetry contains none of the sorrow or angst that modern readers would anticipate seeing. In fact, in one of her most controversial works, "On being brought from Africa to America", she wrote: "Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too: Once I redemption neither sought nor knew. Some view our sable race with scornful eye, 'Their colour is a diabolic dye.' Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train." This can seem disconcerting, but it is also in keeping with other Christian literature through the ages in that it points to something terrible being used by God to bring about conversion and salvation. In that sense, it is not so much a defense of slavery, as some would interpret it, as it is a glorification of grace that could overcome tragedy. Her 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096426/bk_acx0_096426_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the 2017 Maryland Writers' Association Annual Book Award for Historical FictionSelected for the 2017 Go on Girl Book Club reading listFinalist for 2016 Phillis Wheatley Award for First Fiction Southern civility turns savage when Hank Whitaker’s dying words reveal the unimaginable. No one - not his socialite wife, Maggie, or young son, Lance - suspected the successful businessman, husband, and father they loved and thought they knew was a black man passing for white. In 1931, in the segregated South, marriage between whites and blacks is illegal. Maggie, now a criminal, faces jail. When Lance receives death threats to atone for his father’s betrayal, the family flees the US for a new life in Paris.Still grieving Hank’s death and fearful of their uncertain future as Europe marches toward war, Lance and Maggie mourn the lives they loved but lost. As they struggle to create new identities for themselves, they find friendship and support from a surprising community of artists and American expats on the same journey. In a new city, with new friends, new loves, and exciting possibilities, they start to believe that it might be possible to change everything, even the past. Spanning continents and decades and set in Paris between the wars and New York in the Golden Age, Provenance is a sweeping historical saga about love, betrayal, tragedy, triumph, passion, privilege, and the universal desire for acceptance.“A memorable tale of love, loss, and redemption.” (Kirkus Review) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Crisden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/137014/bk_acx0_137014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Starting with Lucy Terry of the early 18th century and finishing with poet laureate Rita Dove, this anthology edited by Catherine Clinton captures the talent and passion of black poets. Powerful and diverse, I, Too, Sing America is a forum for voices baring their souls, speaking their minds, tracing their roots, and proclaiming their dreams. Each of the 25 poets is introduced with a brief biography and poetry notes to help the listener place his or her work in context. Included in the anthology is: "I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes "Bars Fight" by Lucy Terry "Liberty and Peace" by Phillis Wheatley "On Liberty and Slavery" by George Moses Horton "Yes! Strike Again That Sounding String" by James M. Whitfield "Bury Me in a Free Land" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper "The Song of the Smoke" by W. E. B. Du Bois "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar "The Black Finger" by Angelina Weld Grimke "Your World" and "Interracial" by Georgia Douglas Johnson "Children of the Sun" by Fenton Johnson "If We Must Die" and "The White House" by Claude McKay "Beehive" by Jean Toomer "Heritage" and "To a Dark Girl" by Gwendolyn Bennett "A Black Man Talks of Reaping" by Arna Bontemps "Harlem," "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Merry-Go-Round," and "Cross" by Langston Hughes "Tableau," "Saturday's Child," and "Incident" by Countee Cullen "Sorrow Home" by Margaret Walker "Martin Luther King Jr.," "Malcolm X," and "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou "Rites of Passage" by Audre Lorde "In the Year" by Amiri Baraka "The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Nikki Giovanni "Women" by Alice Wa 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ashley Bryan, Renee Joshua-Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007921/bk_blak_007921_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.