Quotes by William Wells Brown

About William Wells Brown:


William Wells Brown was a prominent African-American abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian. Born into slavery in Montgomery County, Kentucky, near the town of Mount Sterling, Brown escaped to the North in 1834, where he worked for abolitionist causes and was a prolific writer. His novel Clotel (1853), considered the first novel written by an African American, was published in London, where he resided at the time. Brown was a pioneer in several different literary genres, including travel writing, fiction, and drama. He has a school named after him in Lexington, Kentucky and was among the first writers inducted to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

Author Bio


  • NameWilliam Wells Brown
  • DescriptionAfrican-American abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian
  • BornNovember 6, 1814
  • DiedNovember 6, 1884
  • CountryUnited States Of America
  • ProfessionWriter; Historian; Novelist