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William Wells Brown An African American Life

Author : Ezra Greenspan
ISBN : 9780393242003
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 'Biography' A groundbreaking biography of the most pioneering and accomplished African-American writer of the nineteenth century. Born into slavery in Kentucky, raised on the Western frontier on the farm adjacent to Daniel Boone’s, “rented” out in adolescence to a succession of steamboat captains on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the young man known as “Sandy” reinvented himself as “William Wells” Brown after escaping to freedom. He lifted himself out of illiteracy and soon became an innovative, widely admired, and hugely popular speaker on antislavery circuits (both American and British) and went on to write the earliest African American works in a plethora of genres: travelogue, novel (the now canonized Clotel), printed play, and history. He also practiced medicine, ran for office, and campaigned for black uplift, temperance, and civil rights. Ezra Greenspan’s masterful work, elegantly written and rigorously researched, sets Brown’s life in the richly rendered context of his times, creating a fascinating portrait of an inventive writer who dared to challenge the racial orthodoxies and explore the racial complexities of nineteenth-century America.

From Fugitive Slave To Free Man

Author : William Wells Brown
ISBN : 0826214754
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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William Wells Brown spent the first twenty years of his life mainly in St. Louis and the surrounding areas working as a house servant, field hand, a tavern keeper's assistant, a printer's helper, an assistant in a medical office, and a handyman for James Walker, a Missouri slave trader. During his time with Walker, Brown made three trips up and down the Mississippi River. These trips allowed him to encounter slavery from every perspective and provided experiences he would draw on throughout his writing career.

My Southern Home

Author : William Wells Brown
ISBN : OSU:32435018067447
Genre : African Americans
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Narrative Of William W Brown An American Slave Written By Himself

Author : William Wells Brown
ISBN : OXFORD:590172607
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The American Fugitive In Europe

Author : William Wells Brown
ISBN : NYPL:33433069350589
Genre : African Americans
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William Wells Brown Clotel Other Writings

Author : William Wells Brown
ISBN : 9781598533149
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Born a slave and kept functionally illiterate until he escaped at age nineteen, William Wells Brown (1814–1884) refashioned himself first as an agent of the Underground Railroad, then as an antislavery activist and self-taught orator, and finally as the author of a series of landmark works that made him, like Frederick Douglass, a foundational figure of African American literature. His controversial novel Clotel; or, the President’s Daughter (1853), a fictionalized account of the lives and struggles of Thomas Jefferson’s black daughters and granddaughters, is the first novel written by an African American. This Library of America volume brings it together with Brown’s other groundbreaking works: Narrative of William W. Brown: A Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself (1847), his first published book and an immediate bestseller, which describes his childhood, life in slavery, and eventual escape; later memoirs charting his life during the Civil War and Reconstruction; the first play (The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom, 1858), travelogue (The American Fugitive in Europe, 1855), and history (The Black Man, His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements, 1862) written by an African American; and eighteen speeches and public letters from the 1840s, 50s, and 60s, many collected here for the first time.

The Escape Or A Leap For Freedom

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ISBN : UIUC:30112004000664
Genre : Abolitionists
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The Travels Of William Wells Brown

Author : William Wells Brown
ISBN : NWU:35556022187900
Genre : African American authors
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The Works Of William Wells Brown

Author : William Wells Brown
ISBN : 9780195309638
Genre : Literary Criticism
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William Wells Brown is considered the first African-American novelist. This volume brings together the most vital and provocative of his non-fiction output.

The Black Man

Author : William Wells Brown
ISBN : HARVARD:HXIJUB
Genre : African Americans
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