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Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley Peters, also spelled Phyllis and Wheatly was the first African-American author of a published 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 enslaved by the Wheatley family of Boston. After she learned to read and write, they encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent. On a 1773 trip to London with her master's son, seeking publication of her work, Wheatley met prominent people who became patrons. The publication in London 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. A few years later, African-American poet Jupiter Hammon praised her work in a poem of his own. Wheatley was emancipated by her masters shortly after the publication of her book.
BornWest Africa
DiedDecember 05, 1784, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
PeriodAmerican Revolution
Notable worksPoems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773)
SpouseJohn Peters
ChildrenUncertain. Up to three with none surviving past early childhood.

About Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley

Poet Phillis Wheatley was born on May 8, 1753 in Senegal (She dies at the age of 31, on December 5, 1784).

She is often regarded as the first African American woman to be published, and her 1773 poetry collection,"Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral", made her renowned.

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Phillis Wheatley before becoming famous

Phillis Wheatley was born in the Zodiac sign Taurus (The Bull), and 1753 is the year of the Chinese Zodiac Rooster (雞).

On a slave ship, she sailed from West Africa to Massachusetts in 1761. She was sold to a family that taught her to read and write and actively promoted her literary ability. Her previous owners, the Wheatleys, granted her liberty in 1778.

Achievement of Phillis Wheatley

Many people were skeptical that she penned the poetry attributed to her, and she had to defend her authorship in court.

Phillis Wheatley's Family, Spouse, Dating and Relationship

She married John Peters, a fellow liberated slave, in 1778. Wheatley's young son died just hours after his mother died at the age of thirty-one, and the marriage struggled greatly due to poverty and intolerance. She was also the mother of two additional children.

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Autobiographer Frederick Douglass was another great author who was a freed slave.

Phillis Wheatley Income & Net worth

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Phillis Wheatley Height and Weight

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Latest information about Phillis Wheatley updated on March 11 2023.