Claude Brown, whose book, ''Manchild in the Promised Land,'' chronicled his ascent from a harrowing childhood of violent crime and poverty in Harlem and became a classic of American literature, died on Feb. He was Though not published as a memoir, it closely paralleled Mr. Brown's life in virtually every detail. This book contributes to our sense of what America is today. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the book reached far beyond the traditional literary world, drawing new attention to the lives of urban blacks.

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This was a unique read for me. It's been described as epic, and it is very much an epic tale of youth in black Harlem. The earliest years of the author in this autobiography I found quite reminiscent This timeless work is a must read for everyone.

It's more than a Black wake-up call, it's a glimpse into a raw reality that never seems to improves, especially for inner-city youth. I gave a copy to each of my Sons - I need to call them and make sure they've read it 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 Manchild in the Promised Land evolved from an article he published in Dissent magazine during his first year at college.

He died in at the age of Manchild in the Promised Land. Claude Brown. Manchild in the Promised Land is indeed one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time. 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 s and s.

When the book was first published in , 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 the book is affirmative and inspiring. Here is the story about the one who "made it," the boy who kept landing on his feet and became a man. Gelles , Suzanne K. Prejudice and racism James M.


Manchild in the Promised Land

Briton Hammon — His autobiography explores this question, documenting his childhood in Harlem during the s and s, with a broader focus on an entire generation, the children of southern-born African Americans who had moved north after the depression. As Manchild unfolds, Brown's sociological analysis becomes more apparent and his political consciousness emerges as he places his own life, and Harlem more generally, within the broader context of American racial and economic patterns. Several story lines underlie the many specific and sometimes seemingly random episodes in the narrative. Brown charts his flight from family conflict to the relative emotional security of life on the street with his friends. He finds relief from the street in juvenile detention, again accompanied by his closest friends.

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Claude Brown, Manchild of the Promised Land, Dies at 64

Manchild in the Promised Land is a autobiographical novel written by Claude Brown. It chronicles the author's coming-of-age story amidst poverty and violence in Harlem during the s and s. Published at the height of the civil rights movement , the book reached far beyond the traditional literary world, drawing new attention to the lives of those living in urban environments. It has sold more than 4 million copies and has been translated into 14 languages.


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Manchild in the Promised Land , autobiographical novel by Claude Brown , published in The work was noted for its realistic depiction of desperate poverty in Harlem. The autobiographical hero, Sonny, narrates the story of his escape from the addiction and violence that defined his childhood. Sent to the Wiltwyck School for Boys at age nine, Sonny is encouraged to pursue an education.

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