William Wells Brown

William Wells Brown

An African American Life

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the life and accomplishments of the former Kentucky slave, who eventually found freedom and became of the the most storied African-American writers of the nineteenth century.

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Greenspan tells the story of Brown (1814-84), born a slave who escaped at age 19, joined the Underground Railroad, and became the leading black lecturer for the Boston-based radical abolitionist organization led by William Lloyd Garrison. At the time of his death he was the leading African American man of letters, but his reputation was buried by the wave of Jim Crow reaction and the reinstitutionalization of racism. Among the chapters are antecedents in black and white, the road to reform, London as the biggest stage, upon an experimental voyage, the black man at war, and his southern home revisited. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Provides an overview of the life of a former Kentucky slave, who grew up on a farm next to Daniel Boone's and eventually found freedom and became one of most accomplished African-American writers of the 19th century.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393240900
Branch Call Number: B BROWN 2014
Characteristics: vii, 614 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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