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Brown, William Wells 1814?-1884

Overview
Works: 184 works in 578 publications in 3 languages and 21,773 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Drama  Music  Poetry  Personal narratives  Historical fiction  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Inscriber
Classifications: PS1139.B9, B
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Most widely held works about William Wells Brown
 
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Most widely held works by William Wells Brown
Slave narratives( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of primary source material in the form of personal narratives
Clotel, or, The president's daughter : a narrative of slave life in the United States by William Wells Brown( Book )

22 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in English and held by 1,791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853), the first novel written by an African American, was published in London while Brown was still legally regarded as "property" within the borders of the United States. The documents in this edition include excerpts from Brown's sources for the novel-fiction, political essays, sermons, and presidential proclamations; selections that illuminate the range of contemporary attitudes concerning race, slavery, and prejudice; and pieces that advocate various methods of resistance and reform
The Negro in the American rebellion, his heroism and his fidelity by William Wells Brown( Book )

26 editions published between 1867 and 2007 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My southern home : or, the South and its people by William Wells Brown( Book )

21 editions published between 1880 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A prolific and celebrated writer who worked within several genres, William Wells Brown (1814-84) is now firmly established in the American canon, often recognized as the first African American novelist for his Clotel (1853). Born enslaved in Kentucky, Brown escaped to Ohio in 1834. After his escape, he was involved with the Underground Railroad, spent several years in Europe evading recapture under the Fugitive Slave Act, and finally returned to the United States after his freedom was purchased in 1854. In Boston, he continued his work as an outspoken abolitionist, memoirist, novelist, journal
Clotel, or, The president's daughter by William Wells Brown( Book )

33 editions published between 1853 and 2016 in English and Korean and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1853, Clotel is the first novel by an African American. William Wells Brown, a contemporary of Frederick Douglass, was well known for his abolitionist activities. In Clotel, the author focuses on the experiences of a slave woman: Brown treats the themes of gender, race, and slavery in distinctive ways, highlighting the mutability of identity as well as the absurdities and cruelties of slavery. The plot includes several mulatto characters, such as Clotel, who live on the margins of the black and white worlds, as well as a woman who dresses as a man to escape bondage; a white woman who is enslaved; and a famous white man who is mistaken for a mulatto. In her Introduction, scholar Joan E. Cashin highlights the most interesting features of this novel and its bold approach to gender and race relations. This volume, the latest in the American History Through Literature series, is suitable for a variety of undergraduate courses in American history, cultural history, women's studies, and slavery
The anti-slavery harp a collection of songs for anti-slavery meetings by William Wells Brown( Book )

42 editions published between 1848 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rising son; or, The antecedents and advancement of the colored race by William Wells Brown( Book )

9 editions published between 1874 and 1974 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The black man; his antecedents, his genius, and his achievements by William Wells Brown( Book )

16 editions published between 1863 and 2010 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clotelle; or, The colored heroine, a tale of the Southern States by William Wells Brown( Book )

13 editions published between 1867 and 2010 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The escape, or, A leap for freedom : a drama in five acts by William Wells Brown( Book )

6 editions published between 1858 and 2007 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first play by an African-American, this comic 1858 melodrama about two slaves who secretly marry explores the racial tensions between North and South in the years just before ethe Civil War"--Back cover
The narrative of William W. Brown, a fugitive slave. And a lecture delivered before the Female Anti-Slavery Society of Salem, 1847 by William Wells Brown( Book )

29 editions published between 1847 and 2012 in English and French and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative of the author's experiences as a slave in St. Louis and elsewhere
Clotelle : a tale of the Southern States by William Wells Brown( Book )

15 editions published between 1864 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of an escaped slave and her two daughters"--Provided by publisher
The Black man by William Wells Brown( Book )

3 editions published between 1969 and 1987 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketches of places and people abroad; the American fugitive in Europe by William Wells Brown( Book )

3 editions published between 1969 and 2007 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lecture delivered before the Female Anti-Slavery Society of Salem, at Lyceum Hall, Nov. 14, 1847 by William Wells Brown( Book )

12 editions published in 1847 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The anti-slavery harp; a collection of songs by William Wells Brown( )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

St. Domingo: its revolutions and its patriots; a lecture delivered before the Metropolitan Athenaeum, London, May 16, and at St. Thomas' Church, Philadelphia, December 20, 1854 by William Wells Brown( Book )

5 editions published between 1855 and 1977 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great escapes : four slave narratives( )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The four former slaves represented here met only once. Yet each attained legendary stature in the anti-slavery battle--and justly so, for their escapes are among the most dramatic ever recorded"--Page 4 of cover
Narrative of William W. Brown, an American slave by William Wells Brown( Book )

14 editions published between 1847 and 2011 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his autobiography, Narrative of William Wells Brown, an American Slave (1849), William Wells Brown (1814-1884) describes his experiences as a slave in St. Louis, Missouri, including his work for Mr. Walker, a slave trader, and his attempt to escape with his mother. When this attempt failed, Brown took a ship north on the Mississippi River, and, with the help of Wells Brown, a Quaker whose name he later adopted, Brown arrived in Canada in 1834. He then describes his life in freedom and the ways he endeavored to help other slaves find their way to freedom through his work on a Lake Erie steamboat, as a conductor on the Underground Railroad in Buffalo, New York, and as an anti-slavery lecturer. Having described his own experiences, Brown includes a series of essays, songs, and poems written either by Brown himself or by others who dedicated the work to him for his devotion to the abolitionist movement. Brown's Narrative was published in several editions and all sold extremely well. The first edition, released in 1847, was followed shortly by a revised second and third edition in 1848, and a fourth expanded edition in 1849. The success of his narrative thrust Brown into the international spotlight, and he enjoyed a long literary career. Brown died in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1884
The American fugitive in Europe; sketches of places and people abroad. With a memoir of the author by William Wells Brown( Book )

7 editions published between 1855 and 2014 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the journeys and travels of a fugitive slave in Great Britain and France
 
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Alternative Names
Brown, W. W. 1814?-1884

Brown, W. W. 1815-1884

Brown, W. W. (William Wells), 1814?-1884

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Brown, William W. (William Wells), 1815-1884

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Brown, William Wallace.

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Brown, Wm. Wells (William Wells), 1814?-1884

Wells Brown, William 1815-1884

William Wells Brown Amerikaans schrijver (1814-1884)

William Wells Brown amerikansk historikar og skribent

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William Wells Brown scrittore, commediografo e storico statunitense

William Wells Brown US-amerikanischer Abolitionist und Autor

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Languages
English (380)

French (3)

Korean (1)

Covers
Clotel, or, The president's daughter : a narrative of slave life in the United StatesThe Negro in the American rebellion, his heroism and his fidelityClotel, or, The president's daughterThe anti-slavery harp a collection of songs for anti-slavery meetingsThe black man; his antecedents, his genius, and his achievementsClotelle; or, The colored heroine, a tale of the Southern StatesThe escape, or, A leap for freedom : a drama in five actsClotelle : a tale of the Southern States