Poems on Various Subjects
The acclaimed collection by the first published African American female poet
Published in 1773, Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects caused a sensation in Great Britain and its American colonies. Voltaire sang her praises and George Washington invited her to visit him. An extraordinary education provided by the Boston family of her owner, John Wheatley, allowed Phillis to work from a deep knowledge of Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Milton, and Pope. Overcoming doubts about her works' authorship, she became a celebrity at age eighteen and the first published African American female poet in history.
In this beautiful digital facsimile of the first edition of Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Ronald William Bailey offers fresh insights for students wanting to understand Wheatley's work and fame, as well as her place in history and literature. In addition to Bailey's introduction, the digital edition includes a high-quality facsimile, a searchable transcript, and a virtual visit to the vault with a rare book curator.
Like all volumes in the Women in Print series, Poems on Various Subjects is provided as an open access book and downloads to a wide variety of platforms and online e-readers.
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