Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777

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Thomas W. Krise
University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1999 - History - 358 pages
Although the colonies in the West Indies were as important to the expanding British empire as those in North America, writings from the British West Indies have been conspicuously absent from anthologies of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature. In this first literary anthology dedicated to the region, Thomas W. Krise gathers important but little-known descriptions, poems, narratives, satires, and essays written in and about this culturally rich and politically tempestuous region.

Caribbeana offers invaluable period commentaries on slavery, colonialism, gender relations, African and European history, natural history, agriculture, and medicine. Highlights include several of the earliest protests against slavery; a superb ode by the Cambridge-educated Afro-Jamaican poet Francis Williams; James Grainger's extended georgic poem, The Sugar Cane; Frances Seymour's poignant tale of the Englishman Inkle who sells his Indian savior-lover Yarico into slavery; and several descriptions of the West Indies during the early years of settlement.
 

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Contents

of Barbados 1657
16
EDMUND HICKERINGILL
31
THOMAS TRYON
51
EDWARD WARD
80
ANONYMOUS
93
FROM The Speech of Mr John Talbot Campobell
108
FRANCES SEYMOUR
141
THE INGENIOUS LADY OF BARBADOS
147
JAMES GRAINGER
166
JOHN SINGLETON
261
FRANCIS WILLIAMS
315
ANONYMOUS
326
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