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Brown, William Wells 1814?-1884

Overview
Works: 238 works in 1,042 publications in 3 languages and 28,905 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Drama  Music  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Personal narratives  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Composer, Editor, Inscriber, Honoree
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
Clotel, or, The president's daughter : a narrative of slave life in the United States by William Wells Brown( Book )

139 editions published between 1853 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,640 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
Slave narratives by William L Andrews( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of primary source material in the form of personal narratives
The Negro in the American rebellion, his heroism and his fidelity by William Wells Brown( Book )

72 editions published between 1867 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

57 editions published between 1863 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

39 editions published between 1873 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

39 editions published between 1880 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 719 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
Clotelle; or, The colored heroine, a tale of the Southern States by William Wells Brown( Book )

32 editions published between 1867 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The anti-slavery harp : a collection of songs for anti-slavery meetings by William Wells Brown( Book )

43 editions published between 1848 and 2010 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 editions published between 1858 and 2011 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative of William W. Brown, a fugitive slave by William Wells Brown( Book )

39 editions published between 1847 and 2015 in English and French and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative of the author's experiences as a slave in St. Louis and elsewhere
Three years in Europe : or, Places I have seen and people I have met by William Wells Brown( Book )

11 editions published between 1852 and 2014 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Wells Brown (1814?-84) was uncertain of his own birthday because he was born a slave, near Lexington, Kentucky. He managed to escape to Ohio, a free state, in 1834. Obtaining work on steamboats, he assisted many other slaves to escape across Lake Erie to Canada. In 1849, having achieved prominence in the American anti-slavery movement, he left for Europe, both to lecture against slavery and also to gain an education for his daughters. He stayed in Europe until 1854, since the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 had made it possible that he could be taken back into slavery if he returned. Meanwhile, he had begun to write both fiction and non-fiction, and this account of his travels in Europe, prefaced by a short biography, was published in 1852. Brown was able to return to the United States in 1854, when British friends paid for his freedom
The Black man by William Wells Brown( Book )

9 editions published between 1863 and 1987 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brief (1-10 pages) biographies of notable blacks, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries, and most are Americans. Also includes an autobiography of the author
Sketches of places and people abroad; the American fugitive in Europe by William Wells Brown( Book )

4 editions published between 1855 and 2007 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American fugitive in Europe; sketches of places and people abroad. With a memoir of the author by William Wells Brown( Book )

2 editions published between 1955 and 1969 in English and held by 142 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

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 )

8 editions published between 1855 and 1977 in English and held by 104 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 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative of William W. Brown, an American slave by William Wells Brown( Book )

21 editions published between 1847 and 2011 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book by William Wells brown was published four years before Solomon Northup's autobiography. Both books are part of a larger generation of slave autobiographies that helped draw attention to the reality of slavery in America
The great escapes : four slave narratives( )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 60 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
Clotel & other writings by William Wells Brown( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 and then as an antislavery activist and self-taught orator and author, eventually becoming a foundational figure of African American literature. For his bicentennial, the Library of America presents the most comprehensive edition of Brown's writing ever published, an extraordinary collection of landmark works that together give voice to his passionate commitment to freedom and equality. A gripping account of his childhood, life in slavery, and eventual escape, Brown's first published book, Narrative of William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave (1847), was an immediate bestseller, with four editions in its first year. Like Frederick Douglass's Narrative, the only slave autobiography to sell more copies before the Civil War, it unmasks the hypocrisy of Christian slaveholders and exposes with startling intensity the violence of slave life. Clotel; or, the President's Daughter (1853), the first novel written by an African American and Brown's most ambitious work, purports to be the history of Thomas Jefferson's black daughters and granddaughters. Dramatizing the victimization of black women under slavery, the novel measures the yawning chasm between America's founding ideals and the brutal realities of bondage. Having traveled to Europe in 1849, Brown elected to remain there after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, not returning to America until 1854. The American Fugitive in Europe: Sketches of Places and People Abroad (1855) is the expanded version of Brown's pioneering travelogue, recounting his intial trip to Paris as a delegate to the International Peace Congress and his extensive tours through the United Kingdom as an antislavery lecturer. The first published play by an African American, Brown's The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom (1858) portrays a slave woman's escape from the sexual aggression of her white master. Published in the autumn of 1862 as the nation awaited President Lincoln's final Emancipation Proclamation, The Black Man, His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements highlights black men of accomplishment and influence whose lives "surmounted the many obstacles which slavery and prejudice have thrown in their way." My Southern Home: or, The South and Its People (1880), Brown's last memoir, explores the complex relationships and interrelationships between blacks and whites in the South during Reconstruction. The volume is rounded out with eighteen speeches and letters from Brown's public career, most previously uncollected, dealing with abolition, party politics, black history, Reconstruction and civil rights, and temperance. Detailed explanatory notes identify Brown's many quotations and allusions throughout. -- from dust jacket
 
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Alternative Names
Brown, W. W. 1814?-1884

Brown, W. W. 1815-1884

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French (4)

Korean (1)

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Slave narrativesThe Negro in the American rebellion, his heroism and his fidelityThe black man; his antecedents, his genius, and his achievementsMy southern home : or, the South and its peopleClotelle; or, The colored heroine, a tale of the Southern StatesThe escape, or, A leap for freedom : a drama in five actsNarrative of William W. Brown, a fugitive slaveSketches of places and people abroad; the American fugitive in EuropeThe great escapes : four slave narratives