: Edited Volumes

William Wells Brown: Clotel and Other Writings

Brown, William Wells;

Greenspan, Ezra (Fellow, 2011-12), ed.

New York: Library of America, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Born a slave and kept functionally illiterate until he escaped at age nineteen, William Wells Brown 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. 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.


Subjects: Fiction and Poetry; Literature; Abolitionism; Autobiography; African Americans; Enslaved Persons; Fugitives from Slavery;