On January Maya Angelou read her poem, “On the Pulse of the Morning,” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. She was the first poet to read at the presidential inauguration since Robert Frost did so for John F.
Although she was an African slave, Phillis Wheatley was one of the best-known poets in prenineteenth-century America. A brilliant young girl, her owners educated her. She wrote poems said to be admired by George Washington.
Author Jack Kerouac is seen outside the bar Kettle of Fish on New York's Bleecker Street, Oct. 1958 after leaving a publisher's party for his book "The Dharma Bums." Woman in background is author Joyce Johnson.