Vin Carretta recently added a Guggenheim Fellowship to his treasure trove of awards, fellowships, and grants. By now, his colleagues cease to be surprised when Carretta wins an award for his continually astounding and truly original research into the literary lives of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Carretta has written many groundbreaking books, especially on early African American literature. Among several notable scholarly editions are several that have become classroom staples, including Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, Philip Quaque's Correspondence, Quobna Ottobah Cugoano's Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery, Phillis Wheatley's Writings, and Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century.
Perhaps best known for the widely read Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man, Carretta's investigation into the life of Olaudah Equiano has remapped the recent critical discourse for early African American writing. Carretta's most recent book is Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage. He is now working on an edition of Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African (London, 1782).