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Phillis Wheatley's "Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral" (1773)

Phillis Wheatley's "Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral" (1773)

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With the London publication of Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral in 1773, Phillis Wheatley Peters (c. 1753 - 1784) became the first African American to publish a book of poetry, and one of only three African American writers known to have done so while enslaved. The material textual contexts of the book, including its paratexts, iconic engraving of the author, surviving manuscripts, circulation within early Black networks, and place within early African American uses of print, make it essential to the understanding of American print culture, Black art, and American letters.

Moderator: Jonathan Senchyne, Associate Professor & Director, Center For The History Of Print And Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

Object: The Menil Collection copy of Poems on Various Subjects by Phyllis Wheatley. London: A. Bell, 1773.


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