The book titled “from slave to abolitionist: the life of william wells brown, narrates a life of former salve, william wells brown, and describes his journey to become a “free man” brown was born in kentucky in 1814 to a white man and a slave woman and grew up in missouri until he became a free man at the age of twenty. Born on a plantation near lexington, kentucky, in 1814, william wells brown was the son of a white man and an enslaved woman living principally in and around st louis, missouri until the age of twenty, brown was exposed to and experienced slavery amid remarkably wide-ranging conditions. Explore the life and times of escaped slave william wells brown, the first african-american to publish a novel, on biographycom william wells brown was a writer who was the first african-american to publish a novel.
William wells brown was a prominent author, lecturer and historian of the mid-nineteenth century born into slavery and eventually gaining his freedom, he used his experiences from his time in bondage to establish a career in writing and lecturing. Some of the most well-known slave narratives are narrative of william w brown, a fugitive slave (the story of a slave from missouri) the narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave, written by himself narrative of the life and adventures of henry bibb, an american slave the narrative of sojourner truth and solomon northup's twelve years a slave. 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. Sir: -- i received a pamphlet, or a narrative, so called on the title-page, of the life of william w brown, a fugitive slave, purporting to have been written by himself and in his book i see a letter from you to said william w brown.
William wells brown, an escaped slave, published his popular autobiography narrative of william w brown, a fugitive slave in 1847 his only novel, clotel (1853), tells the story of the daughters and granddaughters of president thomas jefferson and his slave currer. William wells brown is best known as the first african american novelist he lived an interesting life, escaping from slavery, working on a steamboat, and traveling to europe. William wells brown died on november 6, 1884 in chelsea, massachusetts at the age of 70 legacy and honors [ edit ] he is the first african american to publish a novel with clotel , or, the president's daughter: a narrative of slave life in the united states , in 1853 in london ( harriet wilson 's our nig published in 1859, is the first novel published by an african american in the united states.
The first african american man of letters, william wells brown is a representative of the earliest great age of black writing in america, from 1830 to 1860 without having had formal schooling. William wells brown: william wells brown, american writer who is considered to be the first african-american to publish a novel he was also the first to have a play and a travel book published brown was born to a black slave mother and a white slaveholding father. William wells brown was a prominent african-american abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian born into slavery in the southern united states, brown escaped to the north in 1834, where he worked for abolitionist causes and was a prolific writer.
Clotel: or, the president’s daughter, a narrative of slave life in the united states is principally about the fate of an african american female slave, clotel, who is described by william wells.
For more information about william wells brown's life and career, see the following resources: society resources the following is a selected list of books, articles, and manuscripts about william wells brown in the research centers of the state historical society of missouri.