Phillis Wheatley and the Romantics


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Phillis Wheatley was the first African American to publish a book. Born in Gambia in 1753, she came to America aboard a slave ship, the Phillis. From an early age, Wheatley exhibited a profound gift for verse, publishing her first poem in 1767. Her tribute to a famed pastor, On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, followed in 1770, catapulting her into the international spotlight, and publication of her 1773 Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral in London created her an international star. Despite the ...

Phillis Wheatley and the Romantics 2010, University of Tennessee Press

ISBN-13: 9781572337053