Phillis Wheatley biographer to speak

January 30, 2012 – 12:53 PM

The new Special Collections Library Building is the site of this year’s Georgia Colloquium in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature Feb. 2 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Internationally renowned professor Vincent Carretta (Univ. of Maryland) discusses his new biography of Phillis Wheatley (UGA Press). Wheatley became the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman—of any race or background—to do so in America. Written in Boston while she was just a teenager, and when she was still a slave, Wheatley’s work made her an international celebrity.

This event is limited to 40 students. For more information or to reserve space, contact Chloe Wigston Smith,, //

Open free to the public, a reception will follow. The event is co-sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Rodney Baine Lecture Fund, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the UGA Press.

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