Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: A Brighter Coming Day

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  • Terry Novak

A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Reader is a recent compilation of shorter works written by Frances E. W. Harper between the years 1853 and 1911. The reader is edited and introduced by contemporary literary scholar Frances Smith Foster. Foster has divided the text into four sections representing different periods of Harper's life. Each section is comprised of letters, poetry, essays, speeches, and short fiction, as is appropriate for the period of time in question. This is an important contribution to Harper's published works since it gives the student of African-American literature a succinct view of the breadth of her output beyond that of her better known, longer fiction: Iola Leroy, Minnie's …

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Novak, Terry. "A Brighter Coming Day". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 July 2002
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