by David Waldstreicher
The astonishing life of a great American poet and a fresh look at her work. The prodigy was stolen from her African family as a child and purchased by the Wheatley family in Boston in 1761. She was emancipated in 1773 and became a public figure, making a triumphant visit to London upon the publication of her first book. Her poems explored "the toxic hypocrisy of the colonists' enslaving Africans while demanding freedom from British tyranny ... Phillis Wheatley's courageous life of dissent has never before been so fully illuminated." ~ Booklist
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