2,194 total votes
Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley, also spelled Phyllis and Wheatly (c. 1753 – December 5, 1784) was the first African-American woman to publish a book of poetry. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write and encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent. The publication of her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral on September 1, 1773, brought her fame both in England and the American colonies. Figures such as George Washington praised her work. During Wheatley's visit to England with her master's son, African-American poet Jupiter Hammon ... more on Wikipedia

Phillis Wheatley is ranked on...

#74 of 110 The Best American Poets 9k VOTES Who is the best American poet? This list includes poets such as William Faulkner, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, and Robert ...
#22 of 85 The Best Female Poets of All Time 3k VOTES Who are the best female poets? This list includes great female poets such as Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sylvi...
#155 of 381 The Greatest Poets of All Time 752.3k VOTES Who are the best poets of all time? It includes poets such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, and Sylv...
#6 of 31 The Best African American Poets of All Time 734 VOTES Who are the best African American poets? This list includes great African American poets such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hu...
#14 of 18 The Greatest Black Female Poets 251 VOTES "You may write me down in history / With your bitter, twisted lies, / You may trod me in the very dirt / But still, l...
#26 of 47 The Greatest Black Female Authors in the History of Literature 781 VOTES Looking for your next engrossing read? Look no further. This list features the most famous black female authors of all time,...
Famous Firsts By Black And African Americans 24.5k VIEWS African Americans have been breaking the color barrier for centuries. Black history is full of incredible people who accompl...

Phillis Wheatley is also found on...

Famous Female Poets Famous People Who Died in Massachusetts Famous People Who Died in Boston