168 pp., 6 x 9, 9 illus., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4648-3
Published: April 1997
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6446-3
Published: November 2000
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In this volume, Joan Sherman collects sixty-two of Horton's poems. Her comprehensive introduction--combining biography, history, cultural commentary, and critical insight--presents a compelling and detailed picture of this remarkable man's life and art.
George Moses Horton (ca. 1797-1883) was born in Northampton County, North Carolina. A slave for sixty-eight years, Horton spent much of his life on a farm near Chapel Hill, and in time he fostered a deep connection with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The author of three books of poetry, Horton was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in May of 1996.
About the Author
Joan R. Sherman is professor emerita of English at Rutgers University. She is author and editor of several books on nineteenth-century African American poets.
For more information about Joan R. Sherman, visit the Author Page.
"Sherman's edition will aid in securing Horton's place as a significant 19th-century American poet."--Library Journal
"The Black Bard fills the breach in information about the life and work of this 19th-century African American poet. . . . The gathering of Horton's poetry in one volume leads to insights into influences, themes, subjects, and poetic forms and diction, while uncovering the driving forces behind his poetry, 'the contrast between liberty and bondage.'"----Choice
"This book is a valuable introduction to Horton's life and work that is accessible to both scholars and general readers. Its publication focuses needed attention on the achievements of a remarkable North Carolinian."--North Carolina Historical Review
"Joan Sherman has performed invaluable recovery work in editing the poetry, including previously uncollected poems, of George Moses Horton. Her thoughtful and balanced critical commentary re-situates Horton among his primarily white contemporaries and invites further exploration of the works of this 'slave poet' who left an impressive creative legacy."--Trudier Harris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"This wonderful courageous man who found his strength and his voice in poems well deserves our thanks."--Nikki Giovanni
"General readers especially interested in North Carolina and southern literary and cultural history, as well as scholars indebted to Sherman's important work on nineteenth-century African American poets, will find The Black Bard of North Carolina the best introduction to Horton's life and work available."--William L. Andrews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill For more information, see our Web Site: http://sunsite.unc.edu/uncpress/horton/