December 5 in Literary History: Christina Rossetti Born

The most significant events in the history of books on the 5th of December

1784: Phillis Wheatley dies. The first black poet of the Americas to publish a book, Wheatley was an eighteenth-century black slave taught to read by her owners. She composed over 100 poems in her lifetime. You can read some of her poetry in this interesting post about her.

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