Phillis Wheatley

1753 - 1784

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley, also spelled Phyllis and Wheatly (c. 1753 – December 5, 1784) was the first African-American author of a book of poetry. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Phillis Wheatley has received more than 1,081,795 page views. Her biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 1,354th most popular writer.

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  • 57.36

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  • 31

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.24

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.04

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Phillis Wheatley ranks 1,353 out of 4,883Before her are William Heinesen, Paul Bourget, Ildefonsus, Jean-Claude Carrière, Fran Krsto Frankopan, and Du Mu. After her are Forough Farrokhzad, Wilhelm Weitling, Andreas Gryphius, Laura Marx, Rick Riordan, and Georgi Markov.

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Among people born in 1753, Phillis Wheatley ranks 15Before her are Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacérès, Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon, Duchess of Orléans, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Franz Karl Achard. After her are Samuel Crompton, Josef Dobrovský, Shaykh Ahmad, François-Paul Brueys d'Aigalliers, William Nicholson, and Matvei Platov. Among people deceased in 1784, Phillis Wheatley ranks 7Before her are Denis Diderot, Count of St. Germain, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Samuel Johnson, Giovanni Battista Martini, and Torbern Bergman. After her are Junípero Serra, Otto Friedrich Müller, César-François Cassini de Thury, Anders Johan Lexell, Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia, and Abraham Trembley.

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In Benin

Among people born in Benin, Phillis Wheatley ranks 3 out of 19Before her are Do-Aklin (1550) and Mathieu Kérékou (1933). After her are Askia Mohammad I (1443), Bernardin Gantin (1922), Djimon Hounsou (1964), Thomas Boni Yayi (1951), Hubert Maga (1916), Justin Ahomadégbé-Tomêtin (1917), Angélique Kidjo (1960), Sourou-Migan Apithy (1913), and Christophe Soglo (1909).

Among WRITERS In Benin

Among writers born in Benin, Phillis Wheatley ranks 1

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