Friday, October 12, 2007

First book by an African American comes to USC’s Thomas Cooper Library and the Web

The University of South Carolina has acquired a first edition of Phillis Wheatley’s “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” (London, 1773), the first book published by an African-American author, and has made the book available on the Web. Acquired by the department of rare books and special collections in Thomas Cooper Library, the book is the first copy of Wheatley’s “Poems” on record for any library in South Carolina. The university’s library is the first to make a fully searchable digital copy of the first edition available online for use by students in grades 6 – 12 and college. It is available at the Web site:

www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/wheatley/wheatleyp.html

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