The University of North Carolina Press is proud to have published the recent special issue of the journal Early American Literature, Volume 57, Number 3. The issue offers an ambitious and wide-ranging study of Phillis Wheatley, featuring over 25 articles and other reflections on Wheatley’s work. It was prepared to high standards of scholarly integrity by its guest editors, Tara Bynum, Brigitte Fielder and Cassander Smith, in collaboration with the journal’s general editor, Marion Rust.
As with any work of scholarship, we expect the contents of the issue will spark reasoned debate, including debate over additional voices or perspectives that could have contributed value. But there should be no doubt about the quality of the process that led to the issue’s development, review, editing, and publication.