William Wells Brown: Clotel & Other Writings (Library of America)

William Wells Brown: Clotel & Other Writings (Library of America)


Born a slave and saved functionally illiterate till 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 eventually because the writer of a sequence of landmark works that made him, like Frederick Douglass, a foundational determine of African American literature. His arguable 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 1st novel written via an African American. This Library of the US quantity brings it including Brown’s different groundbreaking works: Narrative of William W. Brown: A Fugitive Slave, Written by means of Himself (1847), his first released booklet and an instantaneous bestseller, which describes his youth, lifestyles in slavery, and eventual get away; later memoirs charting his lifestyles in the course of the Civil conflict and Reconstruction; the 1st play (The break out; or, A bounce for Freedom, 1858), travelogue (The American Fugitive in
Europe
, 1855), and heritage (The Black guy, His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements, 1862) written via an African American; and eighteen speeches and public letters from the 1840s, 50s, and 60s, many gathered right here for the 1st time.

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