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September 24, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Andover, MA 01810
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Virtual Author Talk: Phillis Wheatley Lecture with Vincent Carretta

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Vincent Carretta, scholar and author of Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage will discuss Wheatley’s works, life and legacy. Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784) was a pioneer of African-British, African-American, and American literature. Kidnapped from West Africa as a child and enslaved in Boston, Phillis Wheatley became the first English-speaking author of African descent to publish a book of poems in 1773. With Poems on Various Subjects: Religious and Moral, Wheatley—still a teenager—became an international celebrity, moving in the same circles as the most important military, political, religious and popular figures of the day. Phillis is believed to have lived in Wilmington, with her husband John Peters in 1780. Vin Carretta, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, specializes in transatlantic historical and literary studies during the long eighteenth century.