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Brown, William Wells 1814?-1884

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Works: 266 works in 1,157 publications in 5 languages and 33,815 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Autobiographies  Domestic fiction  History  Personal narratives  Drama  Political plays  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Composer, Editor, Inscriber, Compiler, Honoree
Classifications: PS1139.B9, B
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Most widely held works about William Wells Brown
 
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Clotel : or, the president's daughter by William Wells Brown( )

126 editions published between 1853 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 3,685 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 Negro in the American rebellion, his heroism and his fidelity by William Wells Brown( Book )

75 editions published between 1867 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Wells€Brown€as born into slavery but escaped and went on to become America's first African American novelist. He was an€abolitionist and a passionate orator. Desiring to preserve the actions the "Negro took in€suppressing€the Slaveholder's Rebellion, "€Brown€researched the Rebellion and produced The Negro in the American Rebellion, His Heroism and His Fidelity, stressing that his information relies on fact. This text may have been a counter to Frederick Douglass' The Slaveholder's Rebellion as€Brown€and€Douglass had a fierce competition. They were known to have heated public arguments.€The Negro in the American Rebellion may have been a literary extension€of one such argument, as€Brown€felt Douglass relied too much on rhetorical€bullying€rather than simple straightforward storytelling
Slave narratives by William L Andrews( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 2,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of primary source material in the form of personal narratives
Clotelle : a tale of the southern states by William Wells Brown( )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black theater, U.S.A.; forty-five plays by Black Americans, 1847-1974 by James V Hatch( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 1,541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Various themes and styles are represented in this anthology of comic and tragic works by Black American playwrights
The black man; his antecedents, his genius, and his achievements by William Wells Brown( Book )

63 editions published between 1863 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

41 editions published between 1880 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,149 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 : a narrative of slave life in the United States by William Wells Brown( Book )

37 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in English and held by 1,115 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 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 held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

40 editions published between 1848 and 1979 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Wells Brown, fugitive slave, novelist and abolitionist, assembled a secular collection of anti-slavery hymns to create the songbook, The Anti-Slavery Harp: A Collection of Songs for Anti-Slavery Meetings. The purpose of such hymnals was to bring about in listeners "a deep sense of their obligations to assist in undoing every burden, breaking every yoke, and setting every captive free" as abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison once stated. Brown kindly names specific Airs as suggestions for musical accompaniment for each set of lyrics
Clotelle; or, The colored heroine, a tale of the Southern States by William Wells Brown( Book )

36 editions published between 1867 and 2017 in English and held by 687 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 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

43 editions published between 1847 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 320 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 )

15 editions published between 1852 and 2014 in English and held by 251 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
Sketches of places and people abroad; the American fugitive in Europe by William Wells Brown( Book )

10 editions published between 1855 and 2012 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the journeys and travels of a fugitive slave in Great Britain and France
A lecture delivered before the Female Anti-Slavery Society of Salem, at Lyceum Hall, Nov. 14, 1847 by William Wells Brown( )

14 editions published in 1847 in English and Undetermined and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1847 and 2011 in English and held by 209 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 Black man by William Wells Brown( Book )

7 editions published between 1863 and 1987 in English and held by 186 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
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 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great escapes : four slave narratives( )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 133 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
 
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Clotel : or, the president's daughter
Alternative Names
Brown, W. W. 1814?-1884

Brown, W. W. 1815-1884

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

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The Negro in the American rebellion, his heroism and his fidelitySlave narrativesThe black man; his antecedents, his genius, and his achievementsMy southern home : or, the South and its peopleClotel, or, The president's daughter : a narrative of slave life in the United StatesClotelle; 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 slave