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Manchild in the Promised Land

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With more than two million copies in print, Manchild in the Promised Land is one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time—the definitive account of African-American youth in Harlem of the 1940s and 1950s, and a seminal work of modern literature.

Published during a literary era marked by the ascendance of black writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Alex Haley, this thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for the first generation of African Americans raised in the Northern ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s.

When the book was first published in 1965, it was praised for its realistic portrayal of Harlem—the children, young people, hardworking parents; the hustlers, drug dealers, prostitutes, and numbers runners; the police; the violence, sex, and humor.

The book continues to resonate generations later, not only because of its fierce and dignified anger, not only because the struggles of urban youth are as deeply felt today as they were in Brown’s time, but also because of its inspiring message. Now with an introduction by Nathan McCall, here is the story about the one who “made it,” the boy who kept landing on his feet and grew up to become a man.

Synopsis:

One of the most extraordinary autobiographies ever written—the definitive account of African-American youth in the ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s.

During his first year at Howard University, Claude Brown wrote an article for the magazine Dissent about growing up in Harlem. The piece attracted the attention of a publisher, who encouraged him to write his autobiography. The result, Manchild in the Promised Land, traces Claude Brown’s own transformation from a hardened, streetwise young criminal to a successful, self-made man.

This autobiographical novel, in print for more than thirty years, has been widely praised for its portrayal of the “lost” generation of African-Americans whose parents left the sharecropping lifestyle of the South for the crowded inner cities of the North. Told with both fierce and dignified anger, Brown’s story is a timeless testimonial to survival that will inspire and enlighten readers for many generations to come.

About the Author

Claude Brown was born in New York City and grew up in Harlem. At age seventeen, after serving several terms in reform school, he left Harlem for Greenwich Village. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Howard University and attended law school. He also wrote a book called The Children of Ham in 1976. Manchild in the Promised Land evolved from an article he published in Dissent magazine during his first year at college. He died in 2002 at the age of 64. Nathan McCall, author of Makes Me Wanna Holler, has worked as a journalist for The Washington Post. Currently, he teaches in the African American Studies Department at Emory University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451631579
Author:
Brown, Claude
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
McCall, Nathan
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African American; Black; Experience; Harlem; Life on the Streets; Richard Wright; James Baldwin; Family; Addiction; Heroin; Gangs; Violence; Drugs; Prostitution; Success; Survival
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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Product details 416 pages Touchstone Books - English 9781451631579 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , One of the most extraordinary autobiographies ever written—the definitive account of African-American youth in the ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s.

During his first year at Howard University, Claude Brown wrote an article for the magazine Dissent about growing up in Harlem. The piece attracted the attention of a publisher, who encouraged him to write his autobiography. The result, Manchild in the Promised Land, traces Claude Brown’s own transformation from a hardened, streetwise young criminal to a successful, self-made man.

This autobiographical novel, in print for more than thirty years, has been widely praised for its portrayal of the “lost” generation of African-Americans whose parents left the sharecropping lifestyle of the South for the crowded inner cities of the North. Told with both fierce and dignified anger, Brown’s story is a timeless testimonial to survival that will inspire and enlighten readers for many generations to come.

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