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The Negro in Literature and Art in the United States

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,963 / 121 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.3
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 294
Added to site: 2011.07.03 30306
Genre: History

An attempt at describing the accomplishments of African Americans in the fields of literature and artistery.

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g a room or polishing a table. Gradually she came to be regarded as a daughter and companion rather than as a slave. As she wrote poetry, more and more she proved to have a talent for writing occasional verse. Whenever any unusual event, such as a death, occurred in any family of the circle of Mrs. Wheatley's acquaintance, she would write lines on the same. She thus came to be regarded as "a kind of poet-laureate in the domestic circles of Boston." She was frequently invited to the homes of people to whom Mrs. Wheatley had introduced her, and was regarded with peculiar interest and esteem, on account both of her singular position and her lovable nature. In her own room at home Phillis was specially permitted to have heat and a light, because her constitution was delicate, and in order that she might write down her thoughts as they came to her, rather than trust them to her fickle memory.

Such for some years was the course of the life of Phillis Wheatley. The year 1770 saw the earliest publication of on



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