Abstract

Abstract:

Drawing upon scholarship on public memory and historical writing for children, I examine how two books about Phillis Wheatley navigate the border between nonfiction biography and historical fiction: Shirley Graham's 1949 The Story of Phillis Wheatley: Poetess of the American Revolution and Ann Rinaldi's 1996 Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley. Ultimately, I find that whereas Graham makes explicit her intention to provide moral education through biographical fiction, Rinaldi must characterize her purpose and present her text as "entertainment" so that she will not be perceived as transgressing the border between "fact" and "fiction."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 240-262
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-16
Open Access
No
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