Phillis Wheatley is best known as America’s first published black poet. But that might not be the best way of understanding the writer or her work. Essays and poems featured his month’s Common-place give us a different starting point – and suggest a different Wheatley. Our October issue also explores Mark Twain’s China connection and follows one art historian-turned-smut hunter, who is hot on the trail of Anthony Comstock’s naughty books and pictures. For a fresh take on Wheatley, Twain, Comstock, and more, set your browser to http://www.common-place.org.
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