The artistry of Phillis Wheatley's book of poems-- by a slave, a black women--- and its publication was a stunning achievement. What she wrote and who she was make her poems an important chapter in the history of literature in the colonial era-- and a triumph of the human spirit.
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For the last twenty years Julian Mason's The Poems of Phillis Wheatley has been the standard edition of the poems and letters of this young black poet of eighteenth-century Boston.About the Author:
Julian D. Mason Jr. is emeritus professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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