William Wells Brown Biography

Author, Journalist, Playwright (1814–1884)
William Wells Brown was a writer who was the first African-American to publish a novel.


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. Brown's historical writings include The Black Man, The Negro in the American Rebellion, and The Rising Son.

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