Category Archives: American literature

15 May 1855: Walt Whitman registers for copyright and American poetry is forever changed.

On 15 May 1855, Walter Whitman deposited Leaves of Grass for copyright in the Clerk’s office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York, and the volume was announced for sale by Fowler … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass & American Autobiography

Born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, probably some time in February of 1818, Frederick Douglass (c. 1818–1895) escaped to freedom on 3 September 1838. After his escape, Douglass became involved in the abolitionist movement, began giving public recounts of … Continue reading

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Phillis Wheatley & Early African-American Literature

Phillis Wheatley’s (1753-1784) Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (London, 1773) is the first book published by an African-American author, and the frontispiece portrait of Wheatley is the only surviving work by the African-American slave artist Scipio Moorhead (born … Continue reading

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Marvel Science Stories

The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired a run of Marvel Science Stories, a serialized science fiction pulp magazine and precursor to the more well known Marvel Comics.                … Continue reading

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