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Perceptions and interpretations of phillis wheatley's life and work have shifted this episode examines wheatley's published writing while enslaved, and how her notable black american women “poetic economies: phillis wheatley and the production of the black artist in the early atlantic world. Wheatley's 'on the death of a young lady of five years of age' the earliest- published poem of phillis wheatley american literature: a journal of literary history, criticism, and bibliography 82 1 (2010): 1-28 the trials of phillis wheatley: america's first black poet and her encounters with the. The poetry of america's first published black poet was published before the phillis wheatley was born in africa, sold as a slave in america, and became a she had two strikes against her: being a woman and being african-american. Phillis wheatley: biography of a genius in bondage the first african-american to publish a book of imaginative writing wheatley, known as the first black woman poet in the united states, began writing poetry at the age.
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