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Phillis Wheatley(1753?-1784) was born in western Africa, most likely in present-day Gambia or Ghana. Having failed to find an American publisher for a second volume of her works, Wheatley died in Boston largely forgotten and impoverished.

Vincent Carretta is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of the Complete Writings of Phillis Wheatley, Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African, and Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery and Other Writings by Ottobah Cugoano.

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Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
African Americans -- Poetry.
Wheatley, Phillis, -- 1753-1784 -- Correspondence.
Poets, American -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Correspondence.
African American women poets -- Correspondence.
African American poets -- Correspondence.