African-American poets

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley (1773)

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral is the first published volume of poetry by an African-American author. This fact in itself would make the book significant, but Phillis Wheatley’s Poems has a complicated and fascinating history of its own. Readers of the 1773 first edition would have been familiar with biographical details of Wheatley’s... more