A rare portrait of Phillis Wheatley shows her facing forward, wearing an evening dress and jewelry.
The portrait appeared in Revue des Colonies in Paris between 1834 and 1842.

Image Credit: Schomburg Center

Phillis Wheatley

c. 1753-1784

"…Attend me, Virtue, thro' my youthful years!

O leave me not to the false joys of time!

But guide my steps to endless life and bliss…"


For a brief biographical sketch, please click on the following sources:

Perspectives in American Literature

National Women's History Museum

Here's a link to her poems and articles about Wheatly

National Poetry Foundation