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From Phillis Wheatley’s brief life, a long legacy

By James Sullivan
December 7, 2011
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During the years of rising black consciousness in America, Phillis Wheatley’s work was often derided as the product of “a white mind,’’ but it has recently enjoyed a revival. Vincent Carretta’s “Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage’’ is billed as the first full-length biography of the first truly significant African-American writer.

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PHILLIS WHEATLEY:

Biography of a Genius in Bondage

By Vincent Carretta

University of Georgia, 279 pp., illustrated, $29.95